Liverpool have scored more injury-time winners than any other team in Premier League history, and it’s neighbours Everton who are the team to have suffered the most.
Five times during the Premier League era Liverpool have snatched Merseyside Derby bragging rights in the final seconds, sealing dramatic derby day success.
Ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside Derby clash at Anfield, we’ve remembered Liverpool’s last-gasp winners against Everton.
Five injury-time Liverpool winners against Everton:
Ronny Rosenthal – Liverpool 1-0 Everton (1993)
Ronny Rosenthal was the first to break Everton hearts in the closing stages of a Premier League derby, as he struck at the Kop End to seal Liverpool a 1-0 win in 1993.
An uneventful game appeared to be heading towards a goalless draw at Anfield, before Liverpool left it late to secure all three points.
A clever reverse pass found the Israeli forward in space inside the Everton area, and Rosenthal made no mistake with a left-footed finish that arrowed past Neville Southall on its way into the far corner.
— Liverpool Goals (@GoalsLiverpool) July 29, 2015
Gary McAllister – Everton 2-3 Liverpool (2001)
An astonishing Merseyside Derby with an unforgettable conclusion.
Everton and Liverpool went head-to-head in a thriller during the 2000/01 campaign, as Gerard Houllier’s Reds looked to earn a win and keep alive their chances of Champions League qualification.
A pulsating Premier League contest comprised of five goals, two penalties and a red card, with ten-man Liverpool snatching the points in stoppage time. An end-to-end game saw the momentum swing at Goodison Park, with Everton twice coming from behind to level.
Emile Heskey’s opener was cancelled out by Duncan Ferguson, before Markus Babbel restored the Reds’ lead. Robbie Fowler’s missed penalty then looked to have cost Liverpool, who had Igor Biscan sent off before David Unsworth slammed home spot-kick for a second Everton equaliser.
The came the twist. Gary McAllister – a surprise signing on a free transfer the previous summer – stood over a free-kick some 44 yards from goal. Almost everyone inside Goodison Park expected the cross, but it never came.
WHAT. A. GOAL. 😱
On his birthday, we look back at THAT Gary McAllister derby winner ⚽️💫 pic.twitter.com/VGRPJmhi9y
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 25, 2019
McAllister spotted a chance and whipped the ball over the wall and inside the near post, sparking wild celebrations from the Liverpool players.
“Gary showed his experience and intelligence, and just how crafty he could be, because he saw the goalkeeper also move towards the back post and decided to give him the eyes,” former Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson recalled. “Normally you give the keeper the eyes from 10 yards, Gary did it from closer to 40.”
Dirk Kuyt – Everton 1-2 Liverpool (2007)
Dirk Kuyt’s injury-time penalty gave Liverpool another dramatic derby win when the two teams met during the 2007/08 campaign.
Sami Hyypia’s own goal had handed Everton the lead at Goodison Park, but Kuyt brought the teams level after converting a penalty nine minutes after half-time. Everton were reduced to ten men during that incident after Tony Hibbert had hauled down Steven Gerrard inside the box.
Rafael Benitez made a controversial call when he chose to substitute Liverpool captain Gerrard in favour of the inexperienced Lucas Leiva, but the decision proved vindicated as Leiva won the Reds a second spot-kick in added time. The Brazilian’s shot was handled on the line by Phil Nevillle, who received his marching orders to reduce Everton to nine men and hand Kuyt the chance to win it.
The Dutchman fired past Tim Howard to earn Liverpool the win, though the visitors survived a late scare as Jamie Carragher avoided punishment for a foul on Joleon Lescott inside the area.
Sadio Mane – Everton 0-1 Liverpool (2016)
Sadio Mane sparked a dull Merseyside Derby into life deep into added time during the 2016/17 campaign, as the Senegalese speedster stole in to score a late goal and stun Goodison Park.
Liverpool had created the better chances but were unable to find a route past either Everton goalkeeper, as Joel Robles came on as a substitute for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg. The game’s major incident – before the winner – came as Ross Barkley escaped a red card for a poor challenge on Jordan Henderson, a tackle which sparked confrontation from the two sets of players.
Just as the game appeared all but over, Daniel Sturridge’s low effort came back off the post and Mane reacted first to turn in a late winner four minutes into stoppage time.
Divock Origi – Liverpool 1-0 Everton (2018)
Divock Origi scored one of the most bizarre Merseyside Derby goals of all time to gift Liverpool the win in 2018/19.
The clash was heading towards a goalless draw until an extraordinary passage of play six minutes into stoppage time. There appeared to be little danger as Virgil van Dijk’s sliced shot looped into the air, but Jordan Pickford made a hash of claiming a ball that had looked set to drop over his crossbar.
In his uncertainty, Pickford palmed the dropping ball onto his own crossbar, where it bounced against the woodwork a second time, before dropping down for the lurking Origi to head home into the open goal. It was an incredible finish to what had been a forgettable game, with Jurgen Klopp racing onto the pitch to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 5, 2018
Origi had many moments which made him a cult favourite at Liverpool, and this was right up there with the best of them.
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