Top 5 Premier League wins at Goodison.
- 16thApril 2001 – Gary McAllister free kick
- 19thDecember 2016 – Sadio Mane last minute winner
- 20THOctober 2007 – Dirk Kuyt Penalties x2
- 28thDecember 2005 – Crouch, Gerrard and Cisse
- 27thSeptember 2008 – Fernando Torres x2
- April 2003 – Michael Owen + Danny Murphy 1-2
- November 2009 – Mascherano + Kuyt
- October 2011 – Andy Carroll + Suarez
- September 2001 – Gerrard + Michael Owen + Riise
With the Merseyside Derby coming up at the weekend, I was tasked with looking back at our best wins at Goodison in the Premier League and picking my top five. Bare in mind I was born in June 1999 so some of my picks I don’t remember watching them but couldn’t not put them in.
Number 5 – 27thSeptember 2008
This one I do remember watching, Fernando Torres was the hero of that Derby striking twice in three minutes as the Reds eased past Everton. The first goal came in the 59thminute after Robbie Keane managed to reach Xabi Alonso pass and cross it to the back post where Torres was waiting to volley the ball into the back of the net. The second goal came 3 minutes later after Dirk Kuyt was challenged by Phil Jagielka in the box and the ball landed right at Torres’ feet for him to smash it into the top corner. This was Liverpool’s best start to a Premier League campaign and added to Everton’s struggles as it became their third home defeat in three games.
Number 4 – 28thDecember 2005
Peter Crouch and Djibril Cisse marked their first Merseyside Derby with a goal with Steven Gerrard getting the other as Liverpool beat Everton 3-1 in December 2005. A Pepe Reina goalkick was thumped up the park with a Momo Sissoko header, Cisse flick and a headed pass from Gerrard put Crouch through on goal to go around the keeper and slot the first goal of the game into the back of the net. The second goal came in the 18thminute after Steve Finnan’s cross was headed away by Tim Cahill, it landed at the feet of Gerrard who got the ball and smashed it into the bottom corner.
Everton managed to pull one back in the 42ndminute thanks to James Beattie who, after a scuffle in the box, headed home from close range. The Reds went into the break 2-1 up and came out in the second half and sealed the game straight away with Cisse scoring his first goal in a Merseyside Derby in the 47thminute. The Reds struck on the counter attack after Harry Kewell forward pass allowed Cisse to run into space, beat Weir and put a precise low finish into the far corner.
Number 3 – 20THOctober 2007
This was the first Derby I remember watching where I knew what was going on and what a good one it was. Dirk Kuyt injury-time penalty gave Liverpool the win in the Merseyside Derby.
It started badly for Liverpool as after 37 minutes Sami Hyypia headed the ball into his own net to give Everton the lead going into half-time. Liverpool came out in the second half in search of that crucial equaliser and it came in the 54thminute after Tony Hibbert was sent off for hauling down Steven Gerrard in the box as he raced clear on goal. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. The game was looking as if it was going to end 1-1 when Lucas’ shot was handled on the line by Phil Neville meaning he was sent off and a second penalty was awarded. Dirk Kuyt stepped up again, slotted the ball into the bottom right corner again and celebrated by showing the Liverpool badge to the crowd.
Number 2 – 19thDecember 2016
This is probably my favourite Derby win at Goodison ever.
Sadio Mane’s goal that was scored deep into injury time sank Everton and started probably one of the best Liverpool songs to sing at Christmas. The goal settled what was a very scrappy game with Everton losing their goalkeeper Stekelenburg early in the second half after he went down injured. Liverpool created the most chances with substitute goalkeeper Joel Robles saving well from Roberto Firmino in the second half.
Also, what is a Merseyside Derby without tackles flying left right and centre. Ross Barkley produced an awful tackle on Jordan Henderson that sparked angry scenes on and off the pitch with the midfielder only receiving a yellow card from referee Mike Dean.
The game looked like it was going to end in another draw when the introduction of Daniel Sturridge added a bit of life into the game. The striker’s shot from outside the area went past Joel, hit the post and who else other than Liverpool’s new £34 million signing was first to the rebound and put the ball into the back of the net in the 94thminute to mark his first Merseyside Derby with a goal.
Before we get to number one, I thought I would give you a few other memorable wins at Goodison that didn’t quite make my top five.
October 2011 –
New signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez got the goals on this day to mark their first Merseyside Derby, the new £58 million strike force settled the Derby with two good goals.
Everton started the game well but where forced to re-shuffle their tactics due to Jack Rodwell getting sent off for a tackle on Suarez after 23 minutes of play. Dirk Kuyt then had a penalty saved by Tim Howard late on in the first half. Liverpool went ahead on 70 minutes when Carroll scored his first Premier League goal of the season for the Reds and Suarez took advantage of a misunderstanding between Leighton Baines and Sylvain Distin 8 minutes later to give Liverpool the 2-0 lead.
April 2003 –
Michael Owen and Danny Murphy got the goals on this day with the final score ending 2-1 to Liverpool.
Owen got his first ever goal from open play against Everton having only previously scored from the spot in the nine derbies he has featured in. His goal was then cancelled out by a David Unsworth penalty just before the hour mark to get Everton level. However, six minutes later Danny Murphy’s long-range effort curled into the top corner to restore Liverpool’s lead.
September 2001 –
Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and John Arne Riise scored as Liverpool overcame Everton to win the 165thMerseyside Derby. The Reds got off to a poor start after Kevin Campbell put the home side 1-0 up after just four minutes, Gerrard equalised after 12 minutes with a powerful shot. Emile Heskey was then brought down on the 30 minute mark and gave Michael Owen the opportunity to score from the spot and put the Reds 2-1 up.
The Reds went into the break 2-1 up and early on in the second half new summer signing John Arne Riise scored his first Premier League goal to give Liverpool a 3-1 win over the blue half of Merseyside.
Number one – 16THApril 2001
Liverpool emerged from the 164thMerseyside Derby 3-2 winners. The match featured five goals, two rejected penalty appeals, a missed penalty, 12 players receiving yellow cards and the sending off of Igor Biscan.
The first goal came in the 5thminute after Emile Heskey latched onto a Didi Hamann long and slotted the ball into the back of the net to score his 21stgoal of the season. Everton then equalised on 42 minutes through Duncan Ferguson after Campbell was challenged in the box by Hyypia allowing the ball to fall at his feet to slot home. Liverpool then went 2-1 up after an Everton free kick was cleared allowing Hamman to break from the edge of the box, pick out Robbie Fowler on the left who then crossed into the box, Unsworth could not clear the cross and the ball fell to Markus Babel who thumped the ball into the back of the net. A penalty was then awarded to Everton in the 84thminute and Unsworth stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner to level the game.
Every fan thought this chaotic game was going to finish 2-2 but in the 90thminute up steps Gary McAllister to send a 44 yard shot into the back of the net surprising everyone in the ground and at home watching. The celebrations show how much that goal meant to the players and fans with the whole Liverpool bench, including Everton’s current assistant manager Sammy Lee, running onto the pitch to celebrate with the Scotsman who gave Liverpool the lead for the third time in the game and give them the victory.
Let us know what your favourite win over Everton at Goodison park was and if a different game should have been featured in the Top five.
Article by Lauren Black @LaurenBlack9
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