Liverpool and Everton clash on Wednesday in the 217th Merseyside derby that has over the years delivered some pulsating, tempestuous and unforgettable games.
It is ironically known as ‘The Friendly Derby’ due to the large number of families who have both Reds and Blues supporters in them. But as we know – it’s far from friendly when both teams set foot on the pitch. And it certainly will not be at Anfield on Wednesday.
Here Into The Top Corner we look back at some of the most memorable Merseyside derbies.
Liverpool 7-4 Everton, First Division 1932-33
The scoreline says it all. It’s the highest scoring Merseyside derby in history and given today’s defensive and physical nature of the game, it’s unlikely we will see such a scoreline again. Everton legend Dixie Dean led the line valiantly for Everton, scoring twice himself as the visitors scored four at Anfield. But it proved insufficient as a hat-trick from Harold Barton saw the home side romp to victory in this 11 goal epic derby.
Everton 0-5 Liverpool, First Division 1982-83
Otherwise known as the Ian Rush match. The Welsh striker was a living nightmare for Everton, scoring an incredible four goals to cement his legendary status at Anfield and till this day remains the only Liverpool player to have scored a hat-trick at Goodison Park. Everton’s cause was not helped by the sending off of Glenn Keeley, who happened to be making his debut for the club. Mark Lawrenson added the other for the Reds in the final season of Bob Paisley’s reign.
Liverpool 0-1 Everton, First Division 1984
Everton announced themselves as the new dominant force in English football with an era defining victory over Liverpool at home. Liverpool were the reigning European Cup champions, but on this display, it was to be Everton that were to go onto bigger things that season. Graeme Sharp’s thunderous volley that later went onto be named Goal of the Season was the difference in the score lines, but the difference in performance was startling. Everton went onto claim the league title, European Cup Winners Cup and narrowly lost out on a momentous treble with a defeat to Man Utd in the FA Cup.
Liverpool 3-1 Everton, FA Cup Final 1986
The first ever all-Merseyside FA Cup final. A close-run league campaign eventually saw Liverpool edge out their close rivals. At Wembley, Gary Linekar continued his only ever campaign in an Everton shirt in predictably prolific fashion giving Everton the lead. However, perennial thorn in the side Ian Rush struck twice and Craig Johnston added the icing on the cake.
Liverpool 3-2 Everton, FA Cup Final 1989
In a deeply emotional affair just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, the two clubs met at Wembley in what was billed the friendly final. John Aldridge’s early goal looked like being the Liverpool winner until Everton’s Stuart McCall struck just before the final whistle. Ian Rush put the Reds ahead again only for McCall to score a sensational second but moments later Rush grabbed his second to win the cup.
Liverpool 4-4 Everton, FA Cup Fifth Round Replay 1991
Nobody expected a match of such epic proportions after the two sides produced a dismal and uneventful 0-0 draw in the first tie. But it all exploded into life in the replay at Goodison Park – a match considered to be one of the best – if not the best – Merseyside derbies ever. Liverpool, who were managed by Kenny Dalglish then, incredibly led four times in the game, with a double from Peter Beardsley and strikes from Ian Rush and John Barnes. But Everton epitomized the spirit of comeback by hitting back each time through Graeme Sharp and Tony Cottee – both scoring a brace each. It proved to be the last match in charge of the Reds for Dalglish, who resigned a week later.
Liverpool 3-2 Everton, Premier League 1998-99
It was a game best remembered for Robbie Fowler’s infamous line-sniffing celebration which then manager Gerard Houllier defended by saying “he was eating the grass”. That aside, it was as good a Merseyside derby as it could get. The Anfield faithful were still settling to their seats when Olivier Dacourt stunned the home crowd by scoring the opening goal after just 40 seconds. But Fowler single-handedly turned the match in favour of the Reds with two goals in six minutes before half-time. The second-half was a cagier affair but it’s the Merseyside derby we are talking about. Patrick Berger looked to have put the game beyond Everton with a goal in the 82nd minute, but ‘Fox-in-the-box’ Francis Jeffers nicked one back two minutes later to ensure a nervous finish for the Reds. And the Kop’s hearts were in their mouths when a goal-bound Danny Cadamarteri shot was cleared off the line by a young Steven Gerrard.
Everton 1-0 Liverpool, Premier League 1998-99
A typically feisty Derby day encounter saw Kevin Campbell’s 12th goal in 19 games since arriving back from Turkey prove the difference in the fourth minute. Francis Jeffers and Sander Westerveld were both shown a red card for what can only be described as handbags at dawn and Steven Gerrard was also given his marching orders for a scything (not the first time that could be said of his challenges in a Derby game) challenge on Campbell late on.
Everton 2-3 Liverpool, Premier League 2000-01
Emile Heskey gave the visitors the lead but Duncan Ferguson replied for Everton only for Markus Babbel to put the Reds in front just after half-time. Robbie Fowler then missed a penalty and David Unsworth scored one to make it 2-2 with seven minutes remaining before veteran midfielder Gary McAllister scored his famous 40-yard free-kick in the dying seconds.
Everton 3-0 Liverpool, Premier League 2006-07
It was Everton’s biggest victory over their bitter rivals in 42 years. Everton had got their season off to a flying start and were to continue it with victory over Liverpool. Tim Cahill opened the scoring before Andy Johnson added a second in the first half to put the game pretty much beyond the Reds. Rafael Benitez’s men threatened to stage a comeback after the break. But it was not to be as the Toffees stood firm and piled on the humiliation for their rivals with a second from Johnson in the last minute.