Liverpool/Newcastle Statistically Speaking
When we kick off tomorrow night at Liverpool, we will do so for the 23rd time in the premier league.
However, those of us who were born well before the invention of this form of the game by Sky TV, know fine well that we had a history long before 1992 when this reincarnation was born or April 1994 when we faced Liverpool for the first time within the format.
Overall in the league it will be the 162nd meeting between two sides that have much in common and that's before you compare both sets of fans from areas neglected by the government.
The list of former players to have played for both sides is like a who's who of football with Alan Kennedy, Terry McDermott, Peter Beardsley, Dietmar Hamman, Barry Venison, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, John Barnes and Micheal Owen just the tip of the iceberg of names and that's before you factor in the greats for Liverpool in Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish who came as manager but surely the greatest ever person involved with both clubs is Kevin Keegan.
Winning cups for Liverpool before eventually ending up here as a player in 1982 to help us back into division one in his second and final season before leaving in a helicopter.
His return as manager some eight years later helped shape the minds of us who dream of swoshbuckling football sides with dream football and then helped to shape the rebuild of St James' Park with the tens of thousands of fans that dared to dream with him.
It isn't forgotten and how could it be that our current manager Rafa Benitez has coached both sides with his European Cup (Champions League) win, the pinnacle of what he achieved there with his many off field achievements seeing him retain legendary status on Merseyside which is great to see.
In the past 161 games, obviously Liverpool have the advantage with them winning the league 18 times and many cups over the years. At Anfield our record is not ggod with our last league win there coming in our premier league debut season in 1993/94.
Robert Lee and Andy Cole netting in a 2-0 win.
Overall, Liverpool have 53 league wins at home with us winning 11 there. 16 have been draws.
In the premier league era, we have 1 win and 17 defeats. Four draws make up the rest of the history. We've scored only 20 goals in that time but conceded 52, so to say history is against us is an understatement.
Without adhering to the usual media driven cliche of referring to the 4-3 games, you have to go back to 1974 for the last 0-0 draw but if you are of the type that laps up what is put in your mind then a few other results stand out from history.
Liverpool tonked us 6-0 there in August 1967 plus stuck a few 5's past us in other years with us doing them over 9-2 once at St James to show that the books have been balanced over the years but with Anfield in the spotlight, it's games there that we're choosing.
Wonder where Sky TV were for the 6-3 Liverpool win on Christmas Day 1925 or their 5-3 win in October 1952. We won there 4-2 just a couple of years previous but there's no mention on the telly.
There's also a classic 6-5 Liverpool win in 1909 with our highest win being 5-1 there in 1907. Not sure if Martin Tyler was the commentator though................