Can Liverpool and Everton bring back Mersey dominance?

Merseyside Derby

There was a time when the domestic scene was dominated by Liverpool and Everton.

There is a feel good factor around Merseyside at the moment, it has been a while since both Liverpool and Everton played such good football and had such a good season pushing themselves towards the top of the table.

Some will cast their mind backs to the mid to late 1980s – where it was Liverpool and Everton at the top of English football.

Howard Kendall’s Everton won the League Championship in 1985 and 1987 whilst Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool side were champions in 1986, 1988 and 1990.

The sides walked down Wembley way on two occasions for the FA Cup final in 1986 and 1989 where the Reds came out on top on both occasions.

Now Liverpool are challenging for the title under Brendan Rodgers, and Roberto Martinez’s Everton side are carrying a significant threat towards the top four – both sides may be in the Champions League next season.

Both sides have managers who were part of the Swansea City project at different stages in that club’s development and their managerial careers.

Both clubs haven’t overhauled their squads in just the one transfer window. Though there may be a disparity in terms of the financial muscle between the Red and Blue half of Merseyside, the way of thinking remains the same as they want to build sides for the long term.

The question is, can Rodgers and Martinez bring back a period of dominance when it was Liverpool and Everton who ruled on the domestic front? Those were the days where the fans of both sides would chant ‘Merseyside’ as they were the forces to be reckoned with.

Can they be the sides to stop again? It’s a possibility but the nature of modern football has meant it is more difficult, and Everton achieving Champions League qualification this season could be a big factor for any sustained success for the Toffees – like it will be for Liverpool this term.

But the riches of Manchester City and Chelsea are inevitably going to be two of the main obstacles to any Merseyside dominance with the financial muscle they have, and they will strengthen their squads year on year.

One also couldn’t rule out a resurgence of Manchester United, even if they have had a difficult first season under David Moyes whilst giving the way Arsenal are run, they are always going to be competitive. 

Also, people are expecting Tottenham to be resurgent next season - and possibly for seasons to come - after their influx of players from the summer transfer window have had a season under their belts and have settled in.

It will be a tough ask for Liverpool and Everton to return to the top for a four or five year period in the very near future given that football is different nowadays, but don't bet against it just yet!

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