Five memorable Premier League Merseyside derbies at Goodison

Roberto Martinez takes to the Everton dugout for the first time in a Merseyside derby and is excited about a very special fixture against Liverpool.

Everton 2-0 Liverpool 1997/98

Everton were seemingly written off before this derby but had the better record against Liverpool during that period. Having had a poor start to the season and were humiliated in the League Cup by Coventry, this was just the game the Blues needed. A Neil Ruddock own goal gave Everton the lead just before half-time before a wonderful Danny Cadamarteri solo effort secured all three points for the Blues 15 minutes from time.

Everton 2-3 Liverpool 2000/01

This was a classic Easter Monday derby. Goals, controversy and a red card all chucked in. Liverpool opened the scoring on the counter-attack via Emile Heskey which stemmed from the ball hitting Jamie Carragher on the arm. Duncan Ferguson equalised just before half-time for Everton before Liverpool retook the lead after the break with another counter-attacking move finished off by Markus Babbel.

Jeff Winter gave Liverpool a penalty for a foul by Gough on Robbie Fowler but the Liverpool man could only hit the inside of the post. Igor Biscan was sent off for a second bookable offence before referee Winter gave a controversial penalty to Everton when he said Sami Hyypia held down Duncan Ferguson which David Unsworth converted with ten minutes remaining. But in stoppage time Liverpool were given a free-kick which Gary McAllister caught Paul Gerrard off guard and scored from around 40 yards to give Liverpool all three points.

Everton 3-0 Liverpool 2006/07

This was a derby for the Blue half to remember, and for the red half to forget. Tim Cahill gave Everton the lead after Leon Osman out-muscled Steve Finnan, and Steven Gerrard hit the post shortly afterwards for the Reds. Andy Johnson doubled Everton’s lead after some poor Liverpool defending which gave the hosts a two goal cushion at the break.

Liverpool pushed to get back into the game with Gerrard hitting the post again but towards the end there was something that can only be described as calamitous goalkeeping from Pepe Reina. After saving a Lee Carsley shot he tried to lift the ball over the bar only for him to juggle it onto Andy Johnson’s head for him to round off a miserable afternoon for the Reds, but a delightful one for the Blues.

Everton 1-2 Liverpool 2007/08

The first half of this game passed without much controversy as Sami Hyypia sliced a clearance from an Alan Stubbs cross into his own net which gave Everton a lead at the break. The second half was incident-packed as Steven Gerrard broke clear on the counter-attack to be brought down by Tony Hibbert in the penalty area. Hibbert was sent off and Dirk Kuyt equalised for Liverpool.

Kuyt was lucky not to see red for a wild lunge at Phil Neville. Gerrard was replaced by Lucas Leiva to cheers from the Goodison crowd, only for Lucas to have a shot on goal which brought about a wonderful save… from Phil Neville. Neville was sent off and Dirk Kuyt converted the penalty to give Liverpool a last minute lead but there were cries for a penalty at the other end immediately after when Jamie Carragher appeared to haul down Joleon Lescott, and their penalty appeals were waved away.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool 2012/13

Everton started the season well and Liverpool had started slowly under new boss Brendan Rodgers. His side didn’t start slowly in this game thanks to a Luis Suarez strike that ricochet into the net off Leighton Baines, leading to the Uruguayan diving in celebration in front of Everton boss David Moyes after he had highlighted Suarez’s tendency to go to ground easily.

Suarez doubled Liverpool’s lead by heading home Steven Gerrard’s free-kick before Leon Osman immediately replied by capitalising on Brad Jones’ poor clearance. The Blues were level just before the break after Steven Naismith tapped in Marouanne Fellaini’s cross from close range. The second half saw Suarez arguably lucky to stay on the field for apparent stamp on Sylvain Distin, for which he was only booked, before he tapped home what he thought was a winner in stop page time only for it to be ruled out for offside, when replays suggested otherwise.

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