Liverpool vs Everton: A Recent History

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1st April 2017 Liverpool welcomed Everton to Anfield for the 228th meeting between the sides, Everton had managed to keep 4 clean sheets in their last 5 games and found themselves solidly in 7th place with a slim chance of catching the top 6. Liverpool had played their way out of the slump that saw them slip down the table throughout January and February and were hoping to increase their chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the just the second time in eight years. It didn’t take long for Liverpool to break through the Everton defence, Sadio Mane dribbling his way into the box before hitting a left footed shot past Robles into the far post. The hosts looked in control of the game but were pegged back when Matthew Pennington scored off a corner to make it 1-1. As if the result of the game was ever in doubt, Coutinho quickly restored Liverpool’s lead with a lovely curled finish after sending three Everton players for the Liverpool Echo. Jurgen Klopp’s team would go on to dominate the rest of the game and in the 60th minute Divock Origi would score to make it 3-1 and seal the result for the reds. 19th December 2016 The first Merseyside derby of the season would take place at Goodison Park, with Liverpool in a really good run of form and Everton not losing at home since March the game was always going to be a tightly contested affair between the two rivals. Neither team had many chances throughout the game and the big talking point was about Ross Barkley’s challenge on Henderson, in typical Merseyside derby fashion the game was a feisty affair and with Barkley being a scouser it added a bit extra to the mix. The midfielder should’ve been sent off for the challenge but it wouldn’t make a difference as in the dying moments of stoppage time Mane was first to a rebound to put Liverpool ahead and win the game. The goal was the first was the first time that Liverpool had won a derby game in stoppage time since Gary McAllister’s late free kick in 2001 and would keep up Liverpool’s momentum going into some big games towards the end of December. 20th April 2016 Jurgen Klopp has an outstanding record in the derby, his first time in charge of one ended up in the 4-0 humbling of Everton at Anfield on a Wednesday night. The game would stay at 0-0 for most of the half until a quickfire double from Origi and Sakho meant Liverpool went into half-time 2-0 up. The second half would continue in similar fashion, Everton didn’t see much of the ball and Simon Mignolet might as well have watched form the stands as Liverpool enjoyed 67% of the possession and had 37 shots compared to Everton’s three. In the 50th minute Funes Mori would see red for a tackle that would keep Origi out until the Europa League final and the Belgian’s replacement would put Liverpool 3-0 up, Sturridge latching onto a Lucas pass and firing it past the keeper. The night was topped off by Phillipe Coutinho who you just knew was going to find the back of the net once he was allowed to cut inside and despite Sturridge’s claims that he had got a touch to make it his second of the night the goal was given to the little magician. 28th January 2014 A Brendan Rodgers Liverpool team hunting for the title welcomed a Roberto Martinez Everton team who were looking for their first top 4 finish in 10 years. The end result? A Liverpool win; as it always tends to be when the two sides meet an Anfield. Everton were asking for trouble with the team that lined up, a young, inexperienced John Stones at right back and Antolin Alcaraz with Jagielka in the middle. In the 21st minute, the first goal of the game was scored. Steven Gerrard beating his marker at the near post to head Liverpool in-front off of a Luis Suarez corner. A quickfire double from Sturridge then put Liverpool out of sight and the reds went into half-time 3-0 up. It would only take 5 minutes into the second half for Liverpool to score their fourth and last goal of the game, Luis Suarez capitalising on a poor pass from Jagielka before outpacing the centre back pairing and running half the length of the pitch with the ball to slot past Tim Howard. With the game well and truly over Liverpool’s run continued and Everton were dealt a major blow to their Champions League hopes. 14th April 2012 Probably the biggest Merseyside derby in recent history for the two sides, both sets of fans travelled South as Liverpool and Everton faced off at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi-Final. With Liverpool already having one piece of silverware under their belts that season they were looking to get to the final and complete a domestic cup double. The game didn’t get start well for Liverpool, they took their time getting going and were punished for it in the 24th minute when Nikica Jelavic put Everton in-front and they would go into half-time with the lead. Liverpool were gifted their way back into the game as Sylvain Distin misplaced a pass to send Suarez through on goal; the Uruguayan made no mistake and the game was tied with 30 minutes left and everything to play for. The game looked to be heading for extra-time when Liverpool were given a free kick on the left-hand side of Everton’s box, Bellamy floated the ball in and Andy Carroll, Liverpool’s most expensive signing at the time, rose above everyone else to head home and send Liverpool through to the final. Everton were sent home empty handed and Liverpool fans were ecstatic during their journey home up north. Article by Louis Connor Twitter: @Loui_Connor
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