Article by Jack Gill
Liverpool face Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday for yet another festive fixture between the two sides who seem to have played each other a lot in December over recent years. The Toffees are in poor form at the minute and will be coming to Anfield expecting the worst with the Reds comfortably sat top of the Premier League, looking down on their neighbours across Stanley Park. Here are my Top 5 fixtures, or, Top five wins over Everton…
Everton 0-5 Liverpool – 6th November 1982
Rush scored one, Rush scored two, Rush scored three and Rush scored four…
The Reds went to Goodison in ’82 and smashed the bitters. Ian Rush’s first came after 11 minutes. Phil Neal dispossessed the Toffees before beating three men in blue shirts and providing a beautiful pass to put Rush through. The Welshman made no mistake from ten yards out and slotted it past Neville Southall.
That was all in terms of goals for the first half but, seven minutes before the break, Everton’s Glenn Keeley was dismissed for pulling Sir Kenny Dalglish’s shirt whilst the King was through on goal.
Six minutes after the break, Rush got his second of the game as his speculative effort from 25 yards deflected in off Brian Borrows and past Neville Southall at his near post.
Just four minutes later, Liverpool made it 3-0. Mark Lawrenson the scorer of LFC’s third as the Reds once again benefitted from a deflection, this time as Kenny Dalglish’s cross was deflected into the path of Lawrenson who slid to convert from close range.
With fifteen minutes left on the clock, Ian Rush made history as he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the Merseyside Derby. Dalglish released Rush with a lovely weighted through ball and the number nine finished with his second opportunity after hitting the post first time when trying to beat Southall at his near post.
Rush got his fourth of the game and completed a 5-0 victory in the 85th minute. Kenny Dalglish produced a pass almost identical to his one leading to the fourth, releasing Ian Rush once more and the Welshman dropped the shoulder and rounded Neville Southall before finishing into the back of the empty net.
The game that Ian Rush made history, and the game that inspired Poor Scouser Tommy.
Liverpool 4-0 Everton – 20th April 2016
Another big win for Liverpool, this one at Anfield in April 2016. LFC’s first came in the forty-third minute with Divock Origi rising above John Stones and heading in after a James Milner cross from the right.
Liverpool managed to get a second before half-time scoring just two minutes later with another headed finish. Mamadou Sakho the scorer this time as the Frenchman produced a powerful header into the roof of the net after yet another assist from James Milner, this time with a very good ball from the left. Sakho proceeded to run over to Kolo Toure on the Liverpool bench and celebrate with him as Kolo ‘predicted’ a Mamadou Sakho goal.
Five minutes after the break there was a Red card and it was deserved. Funes Mori, one of many knobheads Everton have had over the years.
Daniel Sturridge joined in on the act and got a goal for himself on the hour mark as Liverpool once again benefitted from abysmal defending by the Toffees. Lucas Leiva read a poor john Stones pass and threaded an intelligent ball through a big gap in the Everton defence to Sturridge who finished well to extend the Reds advantage to three goals.
Sixteen minutes later, it was 4-0 and Phillipe Coutinho completed the scoring with what was a typical ‘Phillipe Coutinho’ goal really. He received the ball from outside the area in loads of space and curled it into the bottom corner, a good goal from the Brazilian rounding off a good result for the Reds.
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Liverpool 4-0 Everton – 28th January 2014
Another hammering of our neighbours across Stanley Park came in 2014 with the reds pushing for the title under Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool’s opener came after twenty-one minutes with Steven Gerrard heading in at the near post from a Luis Suarez corner. Gerrard enjoyed that one, you could tell that by the way that he celebrated right in front of the Everton fans in the Anny Road end.
Twelve minutes again Liverpool got a second, this time Sturridge was the scorer after being released by Phillipe Coutinho with a lovely ball through to Sturridge who finished brilliantly.
Sturridge also scored Liverpool’s third with the pick of the bunch. A long ball from defence to Sturridge was finished instinctively by Studge who lobbed Tim Howard with a fantastic first time finish, making it 3-0 Liverpool after just thirty-five minutes.
Five minutes after the break, Luis Suarez bagged a goal. The Uruguayan won the ball back in our own half and managed to run with the ball into the Everton penalty area and finish past Howard to make it Liverpool 4-0 Everton.
Liverpool 3-0 Everton – 13th March 2012
We spoke about Ian Rush earlier, and another LFC star to score a hat-trick in the Merseyside is former captain, Steven Gerrard, whose hat-trick came at Anfield in 2012.
Gerrard’s first came in the 34th minute with a clever dinked finish over Tim Howard. Some clever, intricate play from the Reds led to the ball falling at Martin Kelly’s feet. The former LFC right-back’s effort was saved by Howard but Sylvain Distin’s attempted clearance fell to the feet of Steven Gerrard at the edge of the box, who produced a very good instinctive finish over the American and into the back of the net.
Steven Gerrard’s second and Liverpool’s second came six minutes after the break. Suarez cleverly beating Distin on the right and cutting in to lay it back for Gerrard who released a thunderbolt into the roof of the net.
The Skipper then completed his hat-trick deep into second half stoppage time. Gerrard, dispossessed Everton in his own half before striding forwards with the ball at his feet. Gerrard’s then played through Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan unselfishly turned away from Distin and squared the ball back to Gerrard who was able to complete his hat-trick.
Liverpool 1-0 Everton – 2nd December 2018
I tried, but there was absolutely no way that I could do this article without including this game. Marco Silva’s Everton looked to have frustrated the Reds in what realistically was a poor game prior to the scenes in second half stoppage time.
But no. In what was pretty much the last few seconds of the game, Alisson Becker took a free-kick quickly to one of the best crossers of the ball in Europe. Trent Alexander-Arnold then took a couple of touches before whipping a ball into the Everton box. Mina then headed away but the ball fell to Van Dijk who attempted a volley that he ended up slicing the ball. What happened next was bizarre but made Divock Origi an Anfield legend. Jordan Pickford, aka T-rex arms, jumped up in an attempt to tip the ball over the bar. The Englishman completely missed the ball which bounced off the top of the bar twice and landed on Divock Origi’s head and the Belgian made no mistake as he headed in from two yards before doing the typical ‘Origi’ celebration of picking the ball out the net despite just scoring one of the best winner’s ever seen in the 96th minute of a Merseyside Derby. Is right Divock.
The Merseyside Derby has produced some absolute brilliance in the past with lots of goals, cards and LFC wins. The Toffees are in poor form and with the Reds unbeaten so far this season, I’m hoping that Wednesday night’s game will join this list of my Top 5 wins against ‘The Ev’.
Up the Reds!