Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Ged Rea 15 September 2009

Here are all the relevant facts and stats ahead of Rafa Benitez's 300th game in charge of Liverpool against Debreceni in the Champions League.

Liverpool v Debreceni

Liverpool's European Record (overall): Pld 300 Won 171 Drawn 65 Lost 64.

Liverpool's record in European Cup: Pld 169 Won 99 Drawn 36 Lost 34.

  • The Reds next win in the European Cup will be their 100th. Their first came in August 1964 when they won 5-0 in Reykjavik.

  • Liverpool need three goals to record 550 in European football.

  • Liverpool will be facing all three group opponents for the first time in European competition. Debreceni will be the Reds' 104th different opposition.

  • This is the first time in 35 years the Reds have met Hungarian opposition - they met Ferencvaros in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1974-75.

  • They have only won two of the eight previous meetings against teams from Hungary, both at Anfield.

  • This is the sixth season in succession Liverpool have reached the group stage of this competition and the eighth out of nine.

  • The 2006-07 season is the only one that has seen Liverpool win all three group games at Anfield.

  • Last season the Reds amassed 14 points in Group D - their highest ever tally in the group stage.

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in nine group games since losing in Turkey to Besiktas in October 2007. Their best run is 12 without defeat set from 2004-06.

  • Since losing to Rafa Benitez's Valencia in 2002 Liverpool have lost only once at Anfield in the last 15 group games at Anfield.

  • Steven Gerrard has scored 32 goals in Europe, the most by any British player for one English club. His next goal will take him past Alan Shearer whose 32 goals came with two clubs (30 for Newcastle and two for Blackburn). He is still some way behind Ruud Van Nistelrooy who scored 38 for Manchester United while Thierry Henry has hit the most for a British club - 42 for Arsenal.

  • Gerrard needs two goals to bring his total in this competition to 30 in his career.

  • Dirk Kuyt is one goal short of becoming the third equal highest goalscorer for the club in the European Cup. He currently has 11 goals in 34 appearances.

  • Debreceni's European Cup record: Pld 14 Won 7 Drawn 2 Lost 5.

    Their full European Record: Pld 44 Won 18 Drawn 10 Lost 16.

  • Debreceni are the first Hungarian team to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League for 14 years since Ferencvaros in 1995-96.

  • Debreceni are the only national champions in Liverpool's group.

  • They have won their domestic league title on four occasions - all in this decade.

  • Last season they finished nine points clear of Ujpest.

  • They have won the Hungarian Cup three times - 1999, 2001 and 2008.

  • from Liverpoolfc.tv


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