Top 10 Merseyside Derbies

The oldest fixture in English top flight football always gets the blood pumping.

Loved universally, not just on Merseyside, the friendly derby – at times – can be anything but.

Though the good people of Liverpool have also shown that the derby can be a moment of solidarity and family too.

Whatever the competition, whoever the managers and players, the Merseyside Derby very rarely disappoints.

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Here are the top 10 Merseyside derbies.

Liverpool 0-1 Everton (1999)


One not so friendly game took place at the end of the last century.

The Merseyside Derby, after all, is the English fixture with more red cards than any other.

This particular event proved why.

Red cards were the order of the day as Everton beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield in 1999.

Red’s keeper Sander Westerveld got in a bout of fisty cuffs with Toffees striker Francis Jeffers after which both were given their marching orders.

Not to be out done in his favourite fixture, Steven Gerrard was also dismissed for a reckless challenge late on in the game.

Kevin Campbell managed to nab the the only goal of the game, but by that time Liverpool left back Steve Staunton was between the sticks for the Reds so he really couldn’t miss.

Liverpool 5-0 Everton (1965)


There have been a number of occasions when Liverpool have beaten Everton 5-0. And more than enough occasions when the Toffees have reversed that score too.

This one though was particularly loved by Reds’ fans due to it being a title winning year for Liverpool under their legendary coach Bill Shankly.

All the greats seemed to find the net that day.

Roger Hunt nabbed a brace, Tommy Smith, Willie Stevenson and Ian St. John made their contributions too as Liverpool beat the Toffees for a laugh and left them feeling blue.

Liverpool 7-4 Everton (1933)

Dixie Dean

The highest-scoring match ever between the two clubs came back in 1933.

After The Blues, who were defending champions at the time, had initially taken the lead, the Reds took over.

Toffee legend Dixie Dean got two of his 19 goals against Liverpool in this match, but even though Everton found another two goals from Tommy Johnson and Jimmy Stein, Liverpool ran out 7-4 winners in the old First Division.

Harold Barton bagged a hat-trick for the home team and was joined on the score sheet by Alf Hanson, Tom Morrison, Harold Taylor and Syd Roberts in this 11 goal epic.

Everton 2-3 Liverpool (2001)

The overwhelming majority of great games include a dramatic last minute winner. This one certainly did.

The 2000/01 season was a decent one for Liverpool, collecting the cup treble, but the momentum that carried them through began here at Goodison with a late derby winner from Gary McAllister who played a more than significant part in that year’s trophy haul.

The Reds won the match 3-2 after twice taking the lead only to see the Toffees equalise.

Then, with almost the last kick of the match, the Reds were awarded a free kick just over 30 yards from the Everton net.

Up stepped 37-year-old free transfer McAllister to curl the ball into the bottom corner in the last few seconds of injury time.

Everton 3-0 Liverpool (2006)

Evertons Andy Johnson

During the mid-noughties, Everton, under David Moyes, established themselves as a solid top six team.

And while Liverpool were established members of the top four – and Champions League winners no less – the gulf in quality between the two was closing.

In 2005, the Toffees had even pushed Liverpool out of the top four, and had it not been for the miracle of Istanbul the Reds would have been looking at a Champions League-less season.

In this game, Tim Cahill put Everton ahead on 24 minutes before Andy Johnson added another.

Johnson then got his second of the match which turned out to be Everton’s biggest win in the fixture for 42 years.

The result also left Everton six places ahead of the Reds in the table.

Liverpool 3-0 Everton (2012)

Steven Gerrard V Everton

Kenny Dalglish was back in the Reds’ hot seat for this one.

But it was another club legend that the day truly belonged to.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard put three goals past Everton with  a rare derby hat-trick as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners.

The Liverpool skipper was making his 400th Premier League appearance that day and became the first player to score a hat-trick in a Merseyside derby since Ian Rush scored four against the Toffees in 1982.

Speaking of which…

Everton 0-5 Liverpool (1982)

Rush Scores One, Rush Scores Two, Rush Scores Three and Rush Scores Four.

This was the game which spawned the song.

Liverpool’s all-time top scorer, who loved a game against his boyhood favourites Everton, Ian Rush wrote his name into the Merseyside derby history books with a four-goal haul against ten man Everton in 1982.

In possibly the finest away display in the fixture’s history, centre half Mark Lawrenson also found the target as the Reds won 5-0 at Goodison Park.

Everton 4-4 Liverpool (1981)

A total classic of a derby and one that brought on an end of an era.

A game that flipped both ways and featured a screamer for the Reds from winger John Barnes.

Every time you thought it was over, it wasn’t as things took another turn in this thrilling FA Cup replay that followed a stalemate at the home of Liverpool.

A back-and-forth game ended 4-4 at Goodison Park, where Liverpool four times took the lead, only to see their rivals peg them back each time.

This was the game which prompted Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, which he did while Liverpool were three points clear at the top of the table.

Arsenal were the team hunting them down that season and trying to prevent the champions winning a third title in four seasons.

Indeed the Gunners did stop Liverpool winning the title and Liverpool are still waiting too.

1986 FA Cup Final: Everton 1-3 Liverpool

1986 fa cup final

An all-time classic Wembley final and the first the two teams from the same city would contest in three years.

This was played in happier circumstances than its 1989 rematch and felt like a day trip to London for the entire city of Liverpool.

It was the Reds who ran out 3-1 winners in the 1986 FA Cup final, but it took almost an hour before they got on the score sheet and got going.

And that was only an equaliser after Gary Lineker had given Everton a first-half lead.

Ian Rush and Craig Johnston turned the game around with a goal each inside six minutes, before Rush capped off the win a few minutes before full-time.

1989 FA Cup Final: Liverpool 3-2 Everton (AET)

1989 fa cup final

Weeks after the truly tragic Hillsborough disaster in 1989, the most emotional and notable FA Cup final of all time took place.

Almost inevitably Everton were the side that stood between Liverpool and the double.

The game took place with reds and blues mixed in with each other and chants for Merseyside solidarity were heard all around Wembley.

Also inevitably, as in 1986, Ian Rush popped up with two goals which added to John Aldridge’s opener.

Supersub Rush’s brace came in extra time after Stuart McCall had equalised with only seconds left of the 90 minutes.

McCall also nabbed a double but couldn’t prevent Liverpool’s glorious end to what had been a tragic cup run and the most identifiable Merseyside derby of all time.

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