Last 5 Trips to Goodison

5. Everton 1-1 Liverpool, 4th October 2015.

This was the most recent Merseyside Derby down Stanley Park, and it ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a typical derby. Jam-packed with entertainment, chances, tackles, passion & there was even room for humour. Who can remember the face Sakho gave Lukaku when the Belgian confronted him?!

It was going swimmingly well for Reds down at Goodison when the workhorse Danny Ings headed in to give Liverpool the lead. However, we were unable to go to half-time with our 1-0 lead still intact.

Romelu Lukaku pounced on a dreadful Emre Can clearance to equalize just before the interval – despite the Reds giving a spirited performance for the remainer of the game, it was not enough for Brendan Rodgers to keep his job – having been sacked an hour proceeding the encounter.

It wasn’t quite the tribute to his proverbial ‘character’ he wanted to bring to the club during his tenure, but certainly not the worst performance under the Northern Irishman. Was an interesting way to bow out.

4. Everton 0-0 Liverpool, 7th February 2015.

A less memorable derby which served up little entertainment in the 224th Merseyside derby.

We were tipped to win this, given our improving league form, and Everton faltering on all fronts. However, the game immersed itself in mediocrity – the closest the Reds came to taking all three points from Stanley Park was Jordon Ibe’s fantastic effort which crashed against the crossbar, and Steven Gerrard’s overhead kick which whistled just over the bar.

This was also Gerrard’s farewell appearance in a Merseyside derby, but unfortunately, it was met by a grimace – by not only Liverpool supporters, but neutrals in general.

The point could’ve evaporated though in the worst possible fashion – in the dying seconds, Seamus Coleman brought a brilliant save out of Simon Mignolet. Imagine the hurt Liverpudlians would have received for the backend of the weekend & at work by their fellow Evertonians!

Another meaningful highlight is the spat that descended between Jordan Henderson & other blue shirts.

3. Everton 3-3 Liverpool, 23rd November 2013.

A rollercoaster of a derby to titillate the palate. Liverpool were 2nd in the build up to the match at Goodison Park, 2 points behind leaders Arsenal. Everton, meanwhile, also made a very pleasing start to the season under new manager Roberto Martinez, in 5th place (a point behind 4th-placed Chelsea)

So, it was set up for a very, open, attacking game. The Reds struck first early on, Philippe Coutinho pouncing on a loose ball. Kevin Mirallas, who should’ve been sent off later on for a dreadful challenge on Luis Suarez, equalized for the hosts – before the Uruguayan, undeterred by this, curled a magnificent free kick low, into the corner – where Tim Howard had no chance. Has to go down as a shout for one of the best Merseyside derby goals.

We went into half-time 2-0 up, but Lukaku attacked us from a set-piece twice to put Everton 3-2 ahead. I, watching at home, was fearing the worst. Then, when I saw Sturridge preparing to come on, I knew he’d be able to make an impact.

And he did. He headed home from a free kick to make it all square, and made sure it was a point apiece.

2. Everton 2-2 Liverpool, 28th October 2012.

Contrasting fortunes going into this game. Everton were flying high in 4th, having made a good start to the season. On the other hand, Liverpool, under new management, Brendan Rodgers, were taking ample of time to bed in. They’d only won twice going into this, and concerns over Liverpool’s new look squad was raised (yes, even this early on).

But the Reds didn’t show any sign of strain – they raced into a 2-0 lead in the first 19 minutes, thanks to a double from Luis Suarez. Goal celebration is below..

But, the Reds again did it the hard way. They conceded twice to gift the Blues a point, but the main talking point was the referee’s laughable decision to disallow Luis Suarez’s stoppage time goal – replays showing he was clearly onside.

The points were again shared. But Luis Suarez, it was, who took centre stage.

1. Everton 0-2 Liverpool, 1st October 2011.

The last, I promise! This game came at a time when Liverpool were in a decent spell of form, only goal difference segregated them between the top 4. Everton were making their usual slow starts, down at 11th.

Everton were in control of the early knockings, up until Jack Rodwell’s red card, which they complained about bitterly. We then dominated, with Charlie Adam hitting a post & Dirk Kuyt having a penalty saved from Tim Howard.

Finally, we broke the deadlock in the second-half, just after the hour, when Andy Carroll volleyed in, in front of the Everton fans. Later on, Luis Suarez capitalised on an error from Sylvain Distin, to seal the victory.

It was bitter tonic for David Moyes, however..

Liverpool have endured 4 consecutive draws away at Goodison in previous years. Can they end that run for the better on Monday night? Stay tuned on Sky Sports later today..

Written by @SteLindellLFC

 

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