The clash between the two local sides is one of the most iconic rivalries in English football.
The Merseyside derby has held its reputation as one of the most awaited fixtures of the Premier League calendar even if Everton have not quite been at the same level as Liverpool in recent years. The Merseyside rivalry between Liverpool and Everton have produced unforgettable moments over the years, as have provided limelight to certain players who have gone on to become legends of the game . Be it tactics, iconic moments and thrills, this derby has rarely ceased to disappoint the fans all of the globe.
The Merseyside derby maintained its stature in the last decade as well, even though Everton only won a single game in the last 10 years! Liverpool enjoyed the large part of the domination and absolutely crushed through their rivals in some thrilling matches. With the first one of the season just around the corner, here are the five best Merseyside derby matches in the last decade.
5. Everton 2-0 Liverpool (2010-11 season)
One of the very first Merseyside derbies of the last decade saw Everton pick up what has been their last victory in this fixture. At a bubbling Goodison Park, David Moyes’ men ensured that new owner John W. Henry saw the worst possible start to his stint as the owner of Liverpool football club. In a game virtually dominated by the Reds, Everton outwitted them and made the most of the chances they received.
A clever strike from Tim Cahill and a stunning effort from Mikel Arteta saw the Toffees record their first win in the Premier League over their arch-rivals in over five years. While that is the last time Everton defeated Liverpool, it provided some sweet memories for the Blue side of Merseyside.
4. Liverpool 1-1 Everton (2014-15 season)
Coming into this derby, Liverpool desperately needed a win to provide some comfort to Brendan Rodgers’ job as manager. Despite Everton boasting more possession, Liverpool dominated and kept coming at them throughout the game. They had 24 shots, including eight on target but Tim Howard put in a brilliant performance. Just when things started boiling to a frustration, Steven Gerrard scored a marvelous free-kick before the hour-mark to become the highest scorer in the history of the Merseyside derby.
As Liverpool protected their lead and it seemed they had the win, the unlikeliest of moments happened. Everton defender Phil Jagielka popped out of nowhere to hit a fiery volley straight into the top corner, silencing Anfield and snatching a point for Everton. That draw meant Liverpool had won two of their first six games in the Premier League, compounding on their misery.
3. Liverpool 1-0 Everton (2018-19 season)
Everton managed to pull off one of the better defensive performances by any visiting team at Anfield in the 2018-19 season when they faced Liverpool at their own yard. The Reds were relentless in attacking with numbers, only to see almost all of their efforts being thwarted away. Just as it seemed like Everton’s backline had produced a masterclass, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford undid all their efforts.
In a lousy moment, Pickford failed to collect a simple floated shot in a crowded area and Divock Origi pounced, tapping in the simplest of goals in the 96th minute to give Jurgen Klopp’s side the win. The German tactician invaded the pitch to celebrate with his players before going back while Pickford’s mistake cost Everton three points.
2. Liverpool 5-2 Everton (2019/20 season)
After a low-scoring affair for a couple of years, the Merseyside derby in the 2019-20 season turned out to be different on many levels. Klopp’s side were at their absolute best and did not hesitate to put their arch-rivals to the sword.
Once again, Pickford had a nightmare under the bars and Origi was there to pound on his misery, scoring a clever first-half brace. Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum also joined in on the act, while Michael Keane and Richarlison salvaged something for a poor Everton side. It was the to-be champions proving their sheer dominance with brute force and creating a difficult night for their rivals.
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1. Everton 3-3 Liverpool (2013-14 season)
The best Merseyside derby in the last decade deserves to be the thrilling one that took place at Goodison Park in the 2013-14 season. Despite David Moyes’ departure, Everton were roaring with positive energy and Liverpool were starting to find their groove under Brendan Rodgers. What transpired was 90 minutes of pure entertainment and a flurry of emotions for the fans.
The game kicked off with Philippe Coutinho tapping in a clever goal in the fifth minute from a corner. But Everton hit back three minutes later with Kevin Mirallas scoring with a set-piece. Luis Suarez’s free-kick gave Liverpool the lead again in the 19th minute, before Romelu Lukaku equalized again in the 72nd minute. The Toffees took the lead for the first time in the 82nd minute through Lukaku’s header and just as it seemed they had won, Daniel Sturridge snatched a late point to make it 3-3 in the 89th minute!
At the end, there were 35 shots attempted, 13 on target and six goals scored in the match. Both teams got a standing ovation for their incredible work and shared points in a game they won the hearts of the audience.