DERBY DAY

That’s right folks, it’s that time of year again… it only happens twice a season and has been one of the main highlights of the football season since 1892. LIVERPOOL V EVERTON (or EVERTON v LIVERPOOL). “The Merseyside Derby”.

This one will be at Anfield. The reds fans will be behind our team like never before, fired up and ready to be the 12th man for Liverpool.

This game has been played between the two rivals from Liverpool over 220 times (222 is the exact amount) and the most appearances any one player has ever made in the Merseyside Derby is 41, by Neville Southall (Everton’s 1st choice goalkeeper for many seasons between 1981 and 1998). Of those 222 games between the two clubs, Liverpool have won 89 times, Everton have won 66 times and there have been 67 draws. Liverpool have scored 312 times against Everton and Everton have scored 255 times against Liverpool.

Players who have scored the most goals in the Merseyside Derby are as follows:

Ian Rush – 25 GOALS.

Dixie Dean – 19 goals.

Alex “Sandy” Young – 12 goals.

Steven George Gerrard – 9 goals.

Harry Chambers, Jimmy Settle, Jack Parkinson – (all scored) 8 goals.

Peter Beardsley, Graeme Sharp – (both scored) 7 goals.

Jack Balmer, Robbie Fowler, Bobby Parker – (all scored) 6 goals.

Tim Cahill, Kenny Dalglish, Fred Howe, Jack Taylor, Dirk Kuyt, Luis Suarez, Roger Hunt – (all scored) 5 goals.

Duncan Ferguson, Tommy Lawton, Michael Owen, Sam Raybould, Roy Vernon – (all scored) 4 goals.

That’s right… a Liverpool player has scored the most ever goals in the Merseyside Derby – Ian Rush, with 25 goals scored against Everton.

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The fans are passionate about beating their local rivals, there’s always expectation of winning (draws simply won’t do for the fans of both teams, they expect nothing less than victory against their opponents). I don’t like promoting violence but it’s true that if you walked into the wrong bar to watch the game, wearing the wrong colour shirt, you could get hurt by the people in there, BAD. That’s what the rivalry does, it divides the city into two colour groups… RED (Liverpool fans) and BLUE (Everton fans). Reds fan knows not to walk into a bar full of blue shirts and blues fans know not to walk into a bar full of red shirts. The rivalry can be fierce and you wouldn’t want to find out what happens if your team scores a winning goal and you’re the only fan cheering for the team who just won, with a large mob of angry fans of the team who just lost surrounding you. STAY SAFE, fans!

the Kop in 1983, before it was fitted with seats.

the reds fans watching the Merseyside Derby in the Kop in 1983, before it was fitted with seats.

It’s true that Everton used to play at Anfield… between 1884 and 1891, Anfield was rented out by John Houlding to Everton FC. Ultimately, in 1891 a dispute over the rental price to the club arose and Everton FC decided to move to Goodison Park instead of continuing to pay exuberant prices to the owner. John Houlding, left with an empty stadium simply decided to create a new club to play there and in 1892, Liverpool FC were officially announced as the team who would occupy Anfield and have done ever since.  With two teams in the same city who would be fighting for the same trophies in the same divisions and competitions, there was rivalry between Everton and Liverpool and it’s fans from the 1890’s onwards. It would always be sweet victory or bitter defeat when the two faced each other.

The last time Liverpool faced Everton was at Anfield when Liverpool were victorious, winning 4-0 with Sturridge scoring two goals, aswell as Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez both netting once each.

The last hat trick to be scored in the Merseyside Derby was when Steven Gerrard scored three times at Anfield, in a 3-0 win for Liverpool around March of 2012.

Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring three goals against Everton at Anfield

Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring three goals against Everton at Anfield

 

This fixture has had the most red cards in ANY Premier League fixture, with the referees often needing to discipline the players. The last Everton player to get red-carded was Jack Rodwell in 2011, and the last Liverpool player to get red-carded was Sotirios Kyrgiakos in 2010. However from 2012 to 2014, we haven’t seen any sendings off so perhaps this time we can still play with 11 men till the final whistle blows.

The current Liverpool starting 11 team is likely to look like this – Mignolet – Moreno, Lovren, Skrtel, Manquillo – Lallana, Gerrard, Henderson – Sterling, Balotelli, Sturridge. (4-3-3). we have several injured players including Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson, Emre Can, Joe Allen. Daniel Sturridge has been battling to recover from a thigh injury and could be in the starting 11 lineup for this match.  If not, he’d probably be on the substitute bench, but still highly likely to be making an appearance at some point. The only injured player Everton have currently is Ross Barkley who will not make an appearance in this match. You can expect all their other regular players to be named for the team. they probably will start with formation tactics looking something like this – Howard – Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman – McCarthy, Barry – Mirallas, Naismith, McGeady – Lukaku. (4-2-3-1) .

This is one fixture that has seen plenty of action and the two teams won’t stop playing each other any time soon, with neither club having been involved in a “relegation battle” from the Premier League since it’s creation in 1992 – both Liverpool and Everton have been sticking with each other like glue, in the same division for many years. Many generations (including my grandfather) have been watching the Merseyside Derby and I always enjoy when it’s time to “BRING ON THE BLUES”.

So, GET READY, REDS! You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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