Everton take on Liverpool on Sunday and the two sides have played out some classic derbies down the years. Take a trip down memory lane with me and recapture some of the best, worst and most action-packed meetings between the two Merseyside giants.
This Merseyside derby was totally dominated by Everton as Moyes's boys piled the pressure on a beleaguered Liverpool.
Before kick-off both sides were feeling the heat. The two giants were in
the bottom four and needed a win to kick start their season. The red half of the city was in particular need
of a pick-me-up as new manager Roy Hodgson wasn't enjoying life at
Anfield. A poor start to the season had compounded Liverpool's problems.
The Toffees had made their customary
slow start to the season, but the Blues were the quickest out of the
blocks in this encounter. Everton totally dominated the opening
stages. Defensive duo Phil Jagelka and Slyvain Distain missed
presentable chances to give the hosts the lead, while Yakubu also
tested Pepe Reina from distance.
Everton finally gained a deserved lead
on 34 minutes. Seamus Coleman created the goal with a buccaneering run. The right back eluded
several defenders before cutting the ball back. Tim Cahill was the
first to react and smashed a shot past Reina. The Evertonians in
Gwladys Street End got the perfect view of the goal. Goodison was
rocking and Hodgson's men were on the ropes.
Liverpool's limp challenge was killed off five minutes into the second
half. A Leighton Baines corner was partially cleared by the Liverpool
defence. The loose ball fell to Mikel Arteta on the edge of the penalty
area. The Spaniard sensed his chance and hit a first timer into the
roof of the net. There was no coming back for Liverpool.
marked the beginning of the end for Roy Hodgson. Two months later he was sacked by Liverpool. Everton continued their improvement to finish seventh.
EVERTON 3 LIVERPOOL 0
2006 FA PREMIER LEAGUE
David Moyes has always had an eye for a
bargain. The Scot has defied the odds during his decade at Goodison. Despite working on a limited budget the Everton manager has signed
countless quality players.
In 2004 Moyes signed Tim Cahill from
Millwall for a paltry £2 million. The South London club were crying
daylight robbery as Cahill developed into a high calibre goalscoring
midfielder. Cahill was one of many gems to be unearthed by the Glasgow-born gaffer. Moyes's splendid management helped the Toffees return to the higher echelons of English football. The dark days of Mike Walker and Walter Smith were a distant memory.
In 2005 Everton finished fourth in the Premier League, one place above Liverpool. This top
four finish saw Everton qualify for the Champions League. Moyes
attempted to build on this success by recruiting fresh talent. In the summer of 2006 striker Andy Johnson joined the Blues
revolution. Everton shelled out £6 million to land the Crystal Palace
hitman. The new Toffees faced a stern examination in this Merseyside derby.
The Gwladys Street end was delirious
when the home side took a 23rd minute lead. The move began when Mikel
Arteta made tracks down the Liverpool right. The Spaniard's cross was
flicked on by Carsley into the path of Tim Cahill. With the Reds'
rearguard rooted to the spot, Cahill swept the ball past Reina.
The Blues doubled their advantage 10 minutes before the break. Carsley's
through ball was totally misjudged by Jamie Carragher. Andy Johnson didn't need a second invitation. The former Birmingham City striker raced clear before beating Reina at his near post.
probably thought his day couldn't get any worse, he was wrong. With
full time approaching the Liverpool keeper fumbled Carsley's hopeful
pot shot. The ball looped up and hit the bar. With Reina is no man's
land Johnson bundled the ball over the line.
The goal capped a memorable
Merseyside derby for the all Evertonians.
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2001 FA PREMIER LEAGUE
glittering history of Liverpool Football Club is littered with
wonderful achievements. The 2000/01 season saw the Reds break new
ground. Gerrard Houlier's side completed a unique
treble. The Anfield club won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup during
a memorable campaign.
Having beaten Birmingham City in the League Cup
Final, a confident Reds made the trip to Goodison.
It was a different story across Stanley
Park. Everton manager Walter Smith was fighting a losing battle as the
the Blues flirted with relegation. In all fairness Smith was not helped
by his penny-pinching board. Chairman Peter Johnson was the target of
Evertonian anger. His refusal to splash the cash was only part of the
problem. Johnson was also a self-confessed Liverpool fan.
form book appeared to have been followed when the visitors took a
fourth minute lead. Emile Heskey's low shot crept under the body of
Everton keeper Paul Gerrard. But local derbies often inspire the
underdogs and Everton were a tough net to crack. In the 42nd minute the
home side equalised through Duncan Ferguson. Big Dunc latched on to a
Kevin Campbell knock down and finished with aplomb.
A fine counter
attack saw the visitors regain the lead. An Everton free kick was
cleared by the Reds defence. The ball ran loose to Dietmar Hamman. From inside his own half the midfielder spotted Robbie Fowler in
space. The majestic cross field pass was inch perfect. Fowler took the
ball in his stride and delivered a low cross. David Unsworth failed to
intercept the cut back and allowed the ball to reach Marcus Babbel.
Babbel made no mistake and Liverpool were 2-1 up.
With time running
out Liverpool wasted a golden chance to wrap up victory. Richard Gough
hacked down Fowler inside the penalty
area. Referee Jeff Winter had no doubts and pointed to the spot. The England striker stepped up and fired a left foot shot against
miss proved costly when Everton themselves were awarded a penalty. Abel Xavier
was penalised for holding down Ferguson. Unsworth succeeded where
Fowler failed and the Toffees were on level terms. The goal seemed to
have salvaged a vital point as the game entered stoppage time.
Nicolas Alexanderson felled Gregory Vignal midway inside the Everton
half. The whole of Goodison
expected Gary McAllister to deliver the free kick into the box. But
the Scot showed marvellous invention and set his sights on goal. The 35-yarder swerved past Gerrard into the bottom right
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1991 FA CUP 5th ROUND REPLAY
There have been many great clubs ties between the two clubs. The
FA Cup Finals of 1986 and 1989 readily spring to mind, but I have
selected this classic from
drawn 0-0 at Anfield the Merseyside giants met again at Goodison. It
was first blood to Liverpool when Peter Beardsley scored. Ian Rush was
put clean through in the 32nd minute. The striker's effort was cleared off the line by Andy Hinchcliffe, but Beardsley gobbled up the rebound to put the visitors ahead.
Everton responded immediately after half time. Greame Sharpe headed in Hinchcliffe's
left wing cross. Liverpool regained their lead with a typical
Beardsley goal. The former Newcastle man received the ball on the
edge of the penalty area. Beardsley shimmied past Martin Keown
and let fly. The ball arrowed past Neville Southall in the blink of an
eye. Liverpool were now 2-1 up with 20 minutes remaining. But
within two minutes the Toffees were again on
level terms. Steve Nicol misjudged his back pass, the ball ran loose
and rolled towards the Liverpool goal. Sharpe pounced to tap the ball
over the line.
minutes later the Reds were back in front. Liverpool were awarded a
right wing corner. John Barnes opted to go short, Jan Molby received
the ball and floated in a searching cross. Ian Rush reacted quickest
and nodded the ball past Southall.
The Blues refused to lie down though and
equalised a minute from time. Neil McDonald's right wing centre eluded the entire Liverpool defence. Substitute
Tony Cottee latched on the centre and prodded home. The goal sent the
game into extra time. Remarkably Kenny Dalglish's side took the lead for
a fourth time. Midway through extra time a beautiful goal from John
Barnes seemed to have finally settled the tie. The winger cut
inside and spotted Southall off his line. Barnes drew back his right foot and unleashed a curling shot. Big Nev was left hapless
as the ball dropped over his head and into the net.
Everton were far
from finished and restored parity on 114 minutes. Cottee intercepted an
errant back pass and scored from a tight angle.
What a game. The 4-4
draw was one of the greatest FA Cup ties ever.
drama wasn't over, two days later Kenny Dalglish resigned as Liverpool
manager. The Scot ended his 14-year association with the Anfield club. In the press conference Dalglish cited stress as the prime reason for
Everton had the final word. The Toffees won the second
EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 5
1982 FIRST DIVISION
The old saying "You
always hurt the one your love", rings true for Ian Rush. The young Rushie was a boyhood Evertonian, who dreamt of scoring goals
In 1981 the Welshman was hot property. His exploits at
Chester City had attracted the interest of several top clubs. Everton
were rumoured to be interested in signing the Welsh striker. But when
his boyhood favourites dithered, Liverpool seized their opportunity. The League Champions swooped for the 20-year-old marksman. Bob Paisley
paid Chester £200,000 to capture the front runner.
year later Rush came back to haunt the Blues. The gulf between the two
sides was as wide as the Mersey. Liverpool dominated English
football. For more than a ecade silverware was a permanent
fixture in the Anfield trophy room. While Everton were a mid-table
side struggling to keep their heads above water.
derby illustrated the difference in class.
opened the scoring on 11 minutes. Alan Hansen's through ball pierced
the Everton defence. Rush ran clear and rifiled his shot past Neville
Southall. Rush grabbed his second 10 minutes into the second half. His crisp drive took a deflection and wrong-footed Southall. A Mark
Lawrenson goal made it 3-0. The bearded defender converted Kenny
Dalglish's right wing cross. Rush completed his hat-trick on 71 minutes. Yet again Dalglish was the architect. The Scottish striker gained
possession on the half way line. He turned and played in Rush. His left foot shot hit the post but bounces back to him. Rush accepts the gift and fire into an empty net.
Welshmen netted his
fourth with a carbon copy. Another Everton attack broke down 20
yards from goal, Sammy Lee surged forward and passed to Rush. He beat
the offside trap and rounded
the onrushing Everton goalkeeper. With the goal at his mercy, Rush
tapped the ball into the unguarded goal.
Ian Rush made history on that autumnal day. This was the first hat-trick in a Merseyside derby
for 47 years. In later years Rush would continue to torment the
Blues. The St Asaph-born forward scored 25 goals in Merseyside
derbies. This impressive haul made him the fixture's all-time leading
Calling all Everton and Liverpool fans: What has been your favourite derby game at Goodison Park? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.