Liverpool or Everton? Who are the comeback kings on Merseyside?

Merseyside Derby

Ian Bolland takes a look at where points were won and lost after the first goal scored with this edition of the series highlighting the top Liverpool clubs.

The ability to score first and hold on to leads is a very good sign for sides that have ambitions of finishing towards the top end of the league.

With the final third of the season approaching, here is a look at how the sides who are chasing the title have done when it comes to holding on to leads, or claiming points from behind. In the case of both sides taking the lead at some stage and the game ending up in the draw, the team that scored the first goal will be the side that loses out when it comes to net gains/losses off points.

Liverpool – Trailed against Swansea, drew 2-2.

Trailed against Newcastle, drew 2-2.

Led against Everton, drew 3-3.

Led against Manchester City, lost 2-1.

Led against Chelsea, lost 2-1.

Trailed against Aston Villa, drew 2-2.

Led against West Bromwich Albion, drew 1-1.

There are several 'what if?' games in here for Liverpool. In the early part of the season they have managed to pick up a point after conceding the first goal against Swansea City and when they fell behind twice to Newcastle United. They rescued a point but led twice in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park and led at title challengers Manchester City and Chelsea, but lost both games 2-1. They came from two goals down to salvage a point against Aston Villa, whilst a calamitous error threw away two points against West Bromwich Albion. Three points gained,10 points lost. Net -7

Everton - Trailed against Norwich City, drew 2-2

Trailed against West Ham United, won 3-2

Led against Manchester City, lost 3-1

Trailed against Liverpool, drew 3-3

Trailed against Arsenal, drew 1-1.

Trailed against Stoke City, drew 1-1.

Led against West Bromwich Albion, drew 1-1.

Trailed against Aston Villa, won 2-1.

Everton seem to have a very good mentality under Roberto Martinez and it seems to be reflected in how often they've picked up points when they have fallen behind in games this season. On six occasions Everton have managed to get something after conceding the first goal whilst only Manchester City have beaten them when they have gone ahead, with West Brom the only other side managing to peg them back. Points lost 5, points gained 10. Net +5

Liverpool seem to be leaking goals at the back, and have yet to come from behind to win a game this season, and have thrown away the lead in close contests. Whereas Everton seem to relish the challenge of getting back into the game when behind, having only lost once when they have scored the first goal.

image: © Nigel Wilson

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