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Pretty amazing Steve Bruce record against Liverpool – Why haven’t I heard this before?

7 months ago
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An interesting history for Steve Bruce with Liverpool.

At 12.30 this Saturday lunchtime, it will be the 22nd time that the NUFC Head Coach has faced the scousers in the Premier League.

A table has been published ahead of the game, showing how managers have fared against Liverpool in the Premier League era.

The data is from Opta, and the criteria is managers in Premier League history who have played fifteen games or more against Liverpool.

No surprise to see Mourinho (1.88 points per game v Liverpool) at the very top, closely followed by Alex Ferguson (1.83).

However, you then have a cluster of four who come next and Steve Bruce is joint fourth with Harry Redknapp on 1.28 points per game against the scousers, ahead of Arsene Wenger (1.28).

Steve Bruce has only been beaten six times in the Premier League by Liverpool as a manager/head coach, with six wins and nine draws.

His last games against them were in the 2014/15  season when he relegated Hull City.

Despite that, Hull got a goalless draw at Anfield and beat Liverpool 1-0 at home.

Quite incredibly/bizarrely, Steve Bruce’s average of 1.28 points per game against Liverpool is far higher than his overall record in the Premier League against all clubs. Up to the start of this season that was a shocking 1.12 points per game (see table below).

Some managers just have the knack/luck against certain clubs, here’s hoping it rubs off on Newcastle today.

Talksport table below, which is based on data provided by Opta, showing the record of all the managers in Premier League history who have played fifteen games or more against Liverpool:

As you can see

Then you compare it to Steve Bruce’s overall record in the Premier League against all clubs, prior to the 2019/20 season (here compared against previous Newcastle managers):

Quite remarkable really.

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