This weekend sees Jurgen Klopp’s rampaging Liverpool side host Big Sam’s resurgent Everton. While the blue half of Merseyside has had little to be cheery about this season, recent results point to a team on the rise.
Unfortunately for the Toffees, Liverpool are, quite simply, playing brilliantly at the moment having scored a ridiculous 15 goals in their last three games.
But you know it’s a derby and anything can happen so, wait, what’s that? Everton have won only 9 of the 50 derbies in the Premier League era? Right…
But you know, Big Sam wasn’t in charge then and if there’s anything Big Sam loves it’s pints of wine, throwing shapes on the dance floor, and getting one over on fancy foreign managers.
To get you in the mood for Sunday’s big game, here’s 5 of the best Merseyside derbies.
Everton 1-0 Liverpool, October 1978
Hang on Liverpool fans, you’ll get your moment. Like we said Everton wins are hard enough to come by, so we had to dig deep for this one. The Toffees hadn’t beaten their city rivals in 15 games, or 7 years, but when the ball dropped for Andy King he smashed it in to the top corner to send the home crowd wild.
Everton 0-5 Liverpool, November 1982
Another old one but a day to remember for Liverpool as they destroyed Everton on their home turf. Ian Rush did the damage, running the backline ragged and scoring four. Enjoy the goals but really enjoy the old school Match Of The Day footage.
Everton 3-3 Liverpool, November 2013
An absolute classic. End to end with goals from Coutinho, Suarez, and Sturridge for Liverpool. Everton scored through Mirallas and a double from Romelu “doesn’t-show-up-for-big-games” Lukaku. Six goals but there could, and should have been 10.
Everton 2-2 Liverpool, October 2012
Another draw, but another classic game between the Merseyside clubs. Liverpool were two up thanks to a Luis Suarez double only to be pegged back by goals from Leon Osman and Steven Naismith, but for all that, the game will be remembered for Suarez’s sarcastic celebration in front of David Moyes after the Everton boss had suggested that he went down too easily.
Everton 2-3 Liverpool, April 2001
This game had everything. Two controversial penalties, 12 bookings, a sending off, a missed penalty from Robbie Fowler and, with the scored locked at 2-2 in the 94th minute, a long range free kick to win it from Gary McAllister. What a game.