Everton and Liverpool face off this weekend in what will hopefully be another classic encounter for the two Merseyside clubs.
It’s nicknamed the friendly derby off the pitch, but on the pitch it’s anything but. GMF looks back on some of the meetings that created a rivalry between the Toffees and the Reds that exists today.
September 1965 – Liverpool 5 – 0 Everton
After Everton had defeated Liverpool 4-0 the year before, the Anfield club came back seeking revenge, and not only achieved a 4-0 turnaround, but went one better.
Within half an hour, Tommy Smith opened the scoring, before Liverpool went up 4-0 within 72 minutes. Ian St John sealed the fifth goal and took the Reds up 5-0, all but erasing the beating from Everton the year before.
August 1985 Everton 2-3 Liverpool
Kenny Dalglish had just been appointed player-manager of Liverpool at the time, and scored for the side within 20 seconds. Steve McMahon and Ian Rush took the Reds 3-0 up in the first half, and all looked to have been won.
But in the second half, Everton pushed for a comeback, with Graeme Sharp and Gary Lineker scoring a goal apiece. While Everton were unable to get a much needed point, Liverpool were relieved to hear the final whistle.
February 1988 Everton 1-0 Liverpool
Liverpool had gone 29 games unbeaten in the 1988 season, but Everton came out firing in the forward line and kept their defence in check to end the run for the Reds.
Liverpool went on that year to with the title, with what some would argue is one of the best squads ever to play at Anfield. But thanks to Wayne Clarke’s goal, Toffees fans could still have some bragging rights over their cross town rivals.
February 1991 Everton 4-4 Liverpool
In the FA Cup fifth-round replay, Liverpool stars Peter Beardsley, Ian Rush and John Barnes put four on the board for their club. Everton, meanwhile, came from behind to match Liverpool four times with Tony Cottee equalising 3-3 and 4-4, and Graeme Sharp also scoring a brace.
Everton won the replay, and Dalglish resigned as manager of Liverpool the morning after the match.
April 2000 Everton 0-0 Liverpool
The score line says that the derby was nothing to get excited about, but the controversy surrounding the match still stands today. In the last minute, a goal off Everton’s Don Hutchison was disallowed, with referee Graham Poll claiming he had already blown the final whistle when the ball crossed the line.
TV replays told a different story though, and 10 years later, Poll apologised to Everton fans for the mistake.
February 2009 Everton 1-0 Liverpool
Another FA Cup replay, and both sides were locked in a 0-0 draw as the game went into extra time. With the match deep into overtime, youngster Dan Gosling came onto the pitch and scored to take Everton to a 1-0 win.
The Toffees’ progression to the final as a result of the win was their first since 1995. They eventually lost to Chelsea 2-1.