According to the Times, the rapid Liverpool forward trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored just one goal against Manchester United in the Anfield careers.
That’s from a total of 16 combined appearances and represents an anomaly for three hitmen who have ripped many a defence apart.
Why has it happened? Much of the blame, or credit for those of a Manchester United persuasion, can be laid at the door of Jose Mourinho.
The Reds may have stuck the final nail into his coffin in 2018, when Mane netted that solitary goal, but the Portuguese was generally adept at keeping Liverpool’s attack quiet.
He successfully shut down his two previous visits to Anfield at United manager, securing 0-0 draws from both, which were dire games.
Similarly, the Reds were unable to take advantage of an injury-hit Red Devils side in their last meeting, at Old Trafford in February, where timidity came over Liverpool, and most certainly their attack.
A combination of tactics and attitude has stopped Liverpool’s fearsome frontline hitting their usual levels, but is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer capable of creating a plan to repeat the trick?
It’s doubtful, and if United do want to put his high-pressing style into action, it will leave space behind for the forwards to break into.
Their current record is dismal against United, but there is nothing for the front three to fear. They have ripped apart defences at home and abroad – it’s only a matter of time before they do the same to United.