Everton v Liverpool: Might Merseyside derby historical past repeat itself 10 years on?

Everton v Liverpool: Might Merseyside derby historical past repeat itself 10 years on?

Saturday is 10 years to the day since Everton’s final win over Liverpool – a time when the temper was very completely different at each Merseyside golf equipment.

This weekend’s sport is a mouthwatering match-up between the unbeaten Premier League leaders and the all-conquering defending champions, nonetheless reeling after dropping 7-2 at Aston Villa final day out.

The scale of that scoreline was stunning – however a decade in the past, any defeat was hardly a shock for both aspect. On the morning of 17 October 2010, they have been each within the backside 4 after dropping three of their opening seven league video games.

Snapshot showing bottom of the PL on 17 October 2010 before the Merseyside derby: 15th Newcastle, 16th Birmingham, 17th Everton, 18th Liverpool, 19th Wolves & 20th West Ham
18th is the bottom place Liverpool have been in going right into a Premier League Merseyside derby

It was the Reds who have been struggling the best disaster – in addition to mendacity within the relegation zone, they have been seemingly at battle with themselves. Again then, no-one was proclaiming them as the most effective staff on this planet, least of all their very own supporters.

Going into the derby at Goodison Park, Liverpool had made their worst begin to a season since 1953. They’d not solely misplaced at house to Blackpool of their earlier match, that they had been completely outplayed and booed off the pitch at full-time.

On prime of that, that they had simply suffered a humiliating penalty shootout defeat at Anfield by League Two minnows Northampton within the League Cup, supervisor Roy Hodgson was receiving abuse from followers simply three months after taking cost, and there have been additionally protests towards house owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, as John W Henry tried to push by means of his takeover earlier than the derby.

No surprise Everton fancied their probabilities.

‘It was a good time to go and win the derby’

Graphic showing the Everton team the last time they beat Liverpool: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Heitinga, Arteta, Osman, Cahill, Yakubu
This was Osman’s thirteenth Merseyside derby for Everton and he went into the sport with a document of three wins, three attracts and 6 defeats towards the Reds

“I simply bear in mind considering that they have been there for the taking,” former Everton midfielder Leon Osman advised BBC Sport.

“With out even trying again on all the things that was occurring with Liverpool then, after I first assume again to this sport, I simply do not forget that we have been very assured. However when you think about what was taking place off the pitch, no surprise we thought it was a good time to go and win the derby.

“We had a a lot better current document towards them then, after all. Our poor document at Anfield was beginning to grow to be a factor as a result of it had been 10 years since we had gained there – however there was no stigma about us enjoying them at Goodison Park. Our document there in my time was truly fairly good.

Graphic showing the Liverpool team the last time they lost to Everton: Reina, Skrtel, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky, Lucas, Meireles, Rodriguez, Gerrard, Cole, Torres

“Earlier than this sport, they have been struggling and, though we have been beneath par too, we had not received the outcomes our performances at first of the season had deserved.

“The sensation in our dressing room earlier than the sport was that we have been going to win and, proper from the primary whistle, we have been on prime. Even earlier than we went forward, it felt like: ‘Now we have received this.'”

That intuition was proved proper. Targets both aspect of half-time from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta gave Everton a cushty victory, with Toffees followers celebrating by chanting “happening” to their rivals on the remaining whistle.

Snapshot showing bottom of the PL on 18 October 2010 after the Merseyside derby: 15th Sunderland, 16th Blackburn, 17th Birmingham, 18th Wolves, 19th Liverpool & 20th West Ham
Defeat at Goodison left Liverpool with their lowest factors complete after eight video games of any Premier League season. They’ve by no means been decrease than nineteenth after greater than three video games have been performed. Hodgson left in January, after seven wins from 20 league matches, with the membership twelfth, 4 factors above the relegation zone. He was changed by Kenny Dalglish and the Reds completed sixth, one place above Everton.

Everton on prime – for a change

There will probably be no supporters to do any singing inside Goodison on Saturday and Osman is uncertain how that may have an effect on the sport this time.

“We are going to solely know afterwards,” he defined. “Sure, we had a derby there behind closed doorways in June [which finished 0-0], however that was the very first sport for each groups when the Premier League restarted.

“Everybody was a yard or two off the tempo and the gamers have been feeling their method again into it, so I do not assume that it offers us a lot thought of what’s to return on Saturday.

Osman, shown here up against Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso, played in a total of 21 Merseyside derbies, finishing with an overall record of four wins, seven draws and 10 defeats
Osman, proven right here up towards Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso, performed 433 video games for Everton between 2003 and 2016, together with 21 Merseyside derbies the place he had an general document of 4 wins, seven attracts and 10 defeats

“Usually as a participant you feed off your followers, much more so in a sport like this.

“That’s what will be bizarre this time as a result of within the derbies I performed within the crowd dictated the loopy tempo of these video games with their starvation for the staff to succeed.

“That’s in all probability why this fixture has seen so many purple playing cards.”

Graphic showing there have been 21 red cards in 56 Premier League Merseyside derbies
Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld and Everton striker Francis Jeffers have been despatched off for this conflict throughout Everton’s final win at Anfield, in September 1999, and a younger Steven Gerrard joined them in being proven purple earlier than the tip of the sport. The derby has seen essentially the most purple playing cards of any fixture through the Premier League period – 14 for Everton and 7 for Liverpool. By way of outcomes, Liverpool have gained 24 video games, Everton 9, with 23 attracts.

Whereas it’s going to nonetheless really feel unusual to see a Merseyside derby with out followers, it’s even rarer for one to happen with the Toffees prime of the desk.

Saturday would be the first time it has occurred within the Premier League period, a time when Everton have seldom set the tempo at any level – they’ve already spent extra days on the summit this season (16 days) than in complete over the earlier 28 years (eight days). A win or a draw on Saturday would prolong that stint.

Snapshot showing the top of the Premier League: 1st Everton, 2nd Aston Villa, 3rd Leicester, 4th Arsenal, 5th Liverpool & 6th Tottenham
Earlier than this season, 16 groups had spent extra days on prime of the Premier League than Everton since 1992 – together with Liverpool (789 days), but in addition Bolton (38), Sheffield Wednesday (25), Charlton (17) and Portsmouth (9). The Toffees have been prime in three earlier Premier League seasons (for sooner or later in 1993-94, three days in 2001-02 and 4 days in 2007-08), however by no means managed it later than August in any of these campaigns.
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Which staff will make a press release with a win?

A superior league place has not usually proved useful for Everton previously. They’ve been above Liverpool going into 13 out of 56 Premier League derbies, however have solely gained 4 of these.

Might issues be completely different this time?

“I performed towards Liverpool a couple of instances once we have been above them and we did not at all times take advantage of it,” Osman added. “We tried to overplay slightly than competing correctly.

“There isn’t any hazard of this Everton aspect not enjoying their very own sport, although. They do not know another method.

“They’re a brand new staff beneath Carlo Ancelotti however they’ve some high quality gamers and magnificence – they usually even have a system that’s working.

“Their mentality shouldn’t be going to be affected by the membership’s current document on this fixture. Quite a lot of their gamers have hardly been there for 10 minutes, not to mention 10 years, so they don’t seem to be going to be eager about how lengthy it has been since we final gained a derby.

“Everton have began the season with seven wins out of seven, together with 4 within the league. They are going to be considering this sport is a chance to place out an enormous assertion. In the event that they win, what a message that will ship out – not solely to everybody else watching, however to the squad themselves due to the interior perception they’d get from that.”

The identical could possibly be mentioned for Liverpool too, nonetheless. What higher approach to bounce again from such an astonishing defeat than by toppling their top-of-the-table neighbours?

“In fact Liverpool could have one thing to show too,” Osman mentioned. “They’re the Premier League champions, the world champions they usually have had an unbelievable previous 18 months.

“I’m certain Jurgen Klopp will inform his gamers what occurred at Villa was a blip and never an issue – simply exit now and present the world what you might be all about and that you’re nonetheless the most effective.

“They’d a foul day towards Villa however there isn’t any method anybody at Everton will assume they’re there for the taking this time due to that.

“I’m anticipating an enormous response from them on Saturday and Everton must be prepared for it.”

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