Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton make the short trip across Stanley Park for the 238th Merseyside derby on Saturday evening.
Ahead of another highly anticipated meeting with the neighbours, we’ve had a look back at seven of the best Liverpool home victories in the fixture over the last six decades.
Liverpool 5-0 Everton (Saturday, September 25, 1965 – First Division)Embed from Getty Images
A statement victory on the way to the Reds’ second First Division title since their 1962 promotion.
Bill Shankly’s side were dominant throughout this one and took the lead in the 34th minute when Tommy Smith’s diving header spectacularly converted Peter Thompson’s free-kick.
The prolific Roger Hunt doubled the advantage less than four minutes into the second half when he went through and coolly dinked the ball over Toffees goalkeeper Gordon West. Another cultured finish – this time from Willie Stevenson – then made it three in the 52nd minute.
Hunt got his 10th goal in nine league matches that season when he stooped to convert a Stevenson cross and make it 4-0 in the 73rd, before strike partner Ian St John nodded home Ian Callaghan’s 89th minute cross to round off the scoring.
Liverpool 3-2 Everton (Saturday, November 21, 1970 – First Division)Embed from Getty Images
One of the classic derby clashes and a comeback for the ages.
All five goals came in the second half here, as a raucous Anfield was given a hint of things to come by Steve Heighway and John Toshack.
Everton looked to be in the box seat after Alan Whittle’s superb 56th-minute chip and Joe Royle’s thumping header seven minutes later put them two goals ahead.
Liverpool, though, rallied. Heighway – four days short of his 23rd birthday – kick-started the fightback brilliantly with just his second goal for the club since signing that August.
In the 69th minute, he received the ball on the left wing from Tommy Smith, hurdled John Hurst’s challenge, darted into the box and somehow managed to squeeze a right-footed shot – from the tightest of angles – past goalkeeper Andy Rankin and in.
‘Heighway down the wing’ would become a familiar sight – and sound – of course.
Just 21 years old, Toshack was making only his second Liverpool appearance but he made himself instantly popular by equalising with his first goal for the club in the 76th minute.
Heighway escaped down that flank again, crossed left-footed and Toshack rose to plant a brilliant header into the top-left corner and send The Kop barmy.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was echoing around the ground even before Chris Lawler – a more seasoned campaigner – latched onto Toshack’s flick-on in the 84th minute.
His thumping volley into the bottom-left corner won the game and caused pandemonium in the stands.
The Reds – widely seen as being in transition – would finish fifth that season, but Kopites were already becoming aware of the kind of players Heighway and Toshack would grow into.
Liverpool 3-2 Everton (Saturday, April 3, 1999 – Premiership)Embed from Getty Images
Another game with five goals but largely remembered for one that was kept out by an 18-year-old Steven Gerrard in the final moments.
It didn’t start slowly, either. Inside 40 seconds, Olivier Dacourt fired a stunning left-footed volley into the top-left corner from 30 yards to give the visitors the lead.
Robbie Fowler’s penalty had Liverpool level by the 15th minute, though, and – in the 20th – his close-range header made it 2-1 after Steve McManaman flicked Patrik Berger’s corner into his path.
Berger turned scorer in the 82nd minute when his trusty left-foot sent a 25-yard volley into the bottom-right corner but the contest was far from finished.
Francis Jeffers’ shot on the turn found the top-right corner two minutes later and an equaliser looked almost inevitable soon after when David James raced out of his box, collided with a teammate and was left stranded.
Gerrard, who had replaced Vegard Heggem in the 71st minute, came to the rescue, though.
First, he poked the ball away from Kevin Campbell and then he raced back into the six yard box to block Danny Cadamarteri’s goal-bound effort.
The Reds’ first derby win since 1994 was secure, thanks to one of the countless key contributions from the future skipper.
Liverpool 3-0 Everton (Tuesday, March 13, 2012 – Premier League)Embed from Getty Images
Cue three more of those big Gerrard moments.
On his 400th league appearance, in a game that many felt Everton were favourites for, the Scouser ran the show and took home the matchball thanks to a memorable hat-trick
His first, in the 34th minute, was as cultured as they come. After Martin Kelly’s low shot was saved by Tim Howard and the ball was half-cleared, the captain clipped a superb left-footed effort over the advanced goalkeeper and in from 20 yards.
His second, in the 51st, was all about power. Luis Suárez weaved into the box from the right and allowed the ball to roll into the path of the arriving Gerrard who hammered a right-footed shot into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
His third, in the 90th, was the cherry on top. Royston Drenthe’s slip allowed him to drive forward and find Suárez in the box. The forward – with Howard and a defender committed – then unselfishly returned the ball to Gerrard who sidefooted high into the empty net in front of a gleeful Kop.
The Toffees would finish above the Reds that season, but this, alongside two other 2011/12 derby wins, significantly eased any frustrations.
Liverpool 4-0 Everton (Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Premier League)Embed from Getty Images
Arguably, one of the key nights in propelling the Reds from top-four chasers to title challengers in 2013/14.
At the time, the Merseyside clubs looked set for a battle for the Champions League places. This win put Brendan Rodgers’ side in prime position for that race, and more.
Gerrard again came to the fore and – once again – Suárez was the provider when the skipper opened the scoring with a thumping header from the Uruguayan’s 21st-minute corner.
Daniel Sturridge doubled the lead when he was sent through by Philippe Coutinho in the 33rd and, two minutes later, he doubled his own tally when – after being sent in-behind by Kolo Touré – he lifted a perfectly measured volley over the advancing Howard and in.
Sturridge would miss a penalty – and a hat-trick chance – in the second half, but not before Suárez had made it four.
He did it in some style, too. In the 50th minute, the No.7 intercepted a pass inside his own half, simply ran away from his opponents and then slotted into the bottom-right corner in front of a delirious Kop.
Liverpool would ultimately have to settle for second, of course, but there would be plenty more of that delirium over the coming months.
Liverpool 1-0 Everton (Sunday December 2, 2018: Premier League)Embed from Getty Images
With this one, it’s difficult not to start at the end. That’s where most of the game’s craziness was squeezed.
But there was intrigue before Divock Origi’s 96th-minute winner.
There had already been big chances for Xherdan Shaqiri and for Everton’s André Gomes and Theo Walcott. Origi – who was only introduced in the 84th minute – even found time to hit the bar from point-blank range before his decisive contribution.
So, that moment. Another big one in another Liverpool season. Those missed chances, and the game’s closely-fought nature, made a 0-0 feel like the inevitable conclusion.
Alisson Becker had shown good initiative to race out of goal, take a late free-kick and give Trent Alexander-Arnold a better angle to deliver from. When the ball was cleared and Virgil van Dijk sliced his 25-yard volley skywards, though, that conclusion looked all the more guaranteed.
Yet Origi fancied his and his team’s chances. As gravity brought the ball back down towards the crossbar, he watched it and followed in. Then, as Jordan Pickford’s attempt to gain some kind of control of it went south, he was ideally positioned to react, adjust his body and head home.
Anfield was likely as surprised as it was wild. Liverpool had won the derby in as late – and mad – a way as possible.
A degree of fortune? Yes. But this was also reward for a willingness to push one more time and to take that one last gamble.
A faultless December – and another title charge – followed.
Liverpool 5-2 Everton (Wednesday December 4, 2019: Premier League)Embed from Getty Images
From the tightest of games with the craziest moment, to the craziest of games with several moments to savour.
A Liverpool side without the suspended Alisson – and with the rested Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench – put in one of the most memorable displays of the title-winning season on another brisk December evening. Particularly in a wild six-goal first half.
Origi, again, rose to the occasion. He didn’t waste any time, either. In the sixth minute, Sadio Mané’s brilliantly weighted through ball allowed the Belgian to round Pickford and slide home the opener.
In the 17th, it was 2-0 as Shaqiri stylishly converted another brilliant Mané pass.
Michael Keane pulled one back from close range in the 21st but, 10 minutes later, another wonderful Origi moment made it 3-1.
The forward first did superbly to take down Dejan Lovren’s flighted pass and then to stunningly, instantly, lift a side-footed finish over Pickford and in.
There was more magic. Alexander-Arnold led a breathless counter-attack in the 45th minute before he squared to Mané on the edge of the box and the Senegalese swept a left-footed shot almost effortlessly into the bottom-left corner.
Still, the half wasn’t done. In the third minute of stoppage time, Richarlison’s diving header converted Bernard’s cross from the left.
4-2. Still 45 minutes to go. That said it all.
It was already a modern classic of sorts but, as such, that meant control was required.
There was a little more of that after the break as Liverpool retained their two-goal lead – and then extended it decisively in the 90th minute.Embed from Getty Images
Firmino was off the bench by now and the Brazilian weaved this way and that on the left before he cut the ball back to Georginio Wijnaldum, who planted a right-footed shot across Pickford and into the bottom-right corner.
With Everton 18th, boss Marco Silva would be relieved of his duties later that week – but that would pave the way for Ancelotti’s arrival shortly before Christmas.
For Jürgen Klopp’s charges, meanwhile, it was another three points secured, giving them an eight-point lead over Leicester City at the top of the table.
It also made it a stunning 43 points from a possible 45 so far.
Getting onto 43 points with a win will again be the target this weekend.
It may, this time, be from a possible 75 and they may be some way off the summit – with the Toffees just three points behind them with one game in hand, as it stands – but this game is, arguably, as exciting a prospect as ever.
Three points would, again, represent a significant step in the right direction.
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