The Merseyside Derby
Everton vs. Liverpool Premier League
In our Derby Guide we have already presented some really top-class games. Most derbies are characterized by an immense rivalry and a maximum of intensity. Religious, political or social tensions are not uncommon, so that a number of derbies that should not be underestimated unfortunately has great potential for hatred and violence.
The following article, however, will be about the most peaceful derby in the world, the Merseyside derby between Liverpool FC and Everton FC. In England – the motherland of football – that derby is also affectionately called the “friendly derby” and not without reason. Although the history of both teams was tense, at least within the urban rivalry, one always remained fair and courteous.
The term “friendly derby” also came about because most families in Liverpool have fans of both Liverpool FC and Everton FC – there is practically no accumulation of fans in certain milieus, urban areas or strata. The city is mixed with fans of the Reds and the Blues – Liverpool and Everton. It’s really about the sporting aspect – violence and hatred have no place in the Merseyside Derby. The fan relationships are extremely good and we want to clarify what historical elements the derby still has in this article!
Everton vs. Liverpool history
Everton FC existed before Liverpool FC and is the oldest team in the city. The club was founded in 1878 and apart from the only year in the second division, Everton, as a founding member of the Football League, is the club in England with most years in the highest English division!Everton’s origins at the end of the 19th century go back to the sporting activities of a church community. John Houlding plays an important role in this – also for the founding of Liverpool FC. The brewery owner was the club chairman of the Toffees for a long time and piloted the club to Anfield long before Liverpool FC was born. In 1888, Everton FC was one of a total of 12 founding members of the new football league in England – the first championship in club history followed in 1890/91. That championship, paradoxically, is also the beginning of Liverpool FC history, as brewery owner John Houlding decided to increase the rent in Anfield to account for Everton’s increased earnings. The people in charge at Everton disagreed and so they overwhelmed. Houlding himself was not impressed by this and founded – after Everton was relegated from Anfield – his own club: Liverpool FC, which officially appeared in 1892. Liverpool took over many club members from Everton who did not move away.
The first derby in the top English division then took place in 1894/95, which Everton won 4-0. Everton was a total of nine English champions (five times before World War II alone). The last time you won the title in 1985 and 1987 – you have been waiting for the 10th title for almost 30 years. With five FA Cup victories and nine Super Cup successes, a lot has been achieved nationally. The greatest international success was achieved in 1985 when one also became a master. With a 3-1 in the final against Rapid Vienna, they secured the title of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. The final took place in Rotterdam and was decided by goals from Andy Gray, Gary Stevens and Kevin Sheedy.
The same year, the Heysel disaster took place when Liverpool fans panicked in the final of the European Champions’ Cup, with a wall collapsing and killing 39 mostly Italian fans. As a result, all English clubs were banned internationally for five years, so that despite the two championships in 1985 and 1987 , Everton was not allowed to compete in the European Cup. That year the two Liverpool clubs were in the finals of the most important cups in Europe, but while Everton celebrated their only European cup win, Liverpool lost 0-1 to Juventus. Everton never reached the class you had in the 1980s. At the moment you are a good midfield club, but you just can’t get past the top teams – the distance between Everton and the top teams in England is too big.
As already noted, Liverpool FC was founded in Anfield by the brewery owner Houlding. At the beginning of the club’s history, the then manager McKenna recruited many players from Scotland. Liverpool first rose to the first division in 1894/95, but descended immediately. This was followed by a direct ascent and an establishment in professional football. In 1901 Liverpool celebrated the first of a total of 18 championships. The second championship followed in 1906 as a second division climber! Further championships followed, but also further descents, until the 1960s. It is only since 1962 that Liverpool have been in the first division without a break.
The first successful phase in the club’s history took place in the 1960s. In 1976/77, they also won the European Cup for the first time, with a 3-1 in the final against Borussia Mönchengladbach. They defended that trophy the following year when they beat Club Brugge 1-0 in the final. In the years that followed, Liverpool repeatedly won the championship, thus winning the third title in the premier class in the 1980/81 season in a 1-0 win over Real Madrid. The next title win for the European Champion Clubs’ Cup followed in 1983/84, when they played against AS Roma 1-1, but won 4-2 on penalties. The fact that Italian opponents are very close to Liverpool FC was shown by the fifth and last title win of the Champions League in the 2004/05 season. It was one of, if not the most memorable, Champions League final game ever. The highly favored AC Milan took a 3-0 lead through Maldini and Hernan Crespo’s doubles before the break. Since the strong defensive Italians were the big favorite anyway, it was assumed that nothing would burn. Gerrard, Smicer and Alonso turned the match within six minutes in the second half and so it went with 3-3 in extra time and then in the penalty shoot-out, where Liverpool could prevail again. With five Champions League wins, three UEFA Cup victories (1973 against Mönchengladbach, 1976 against Bruges and 2001 against Alaves), as well as three European Supercups, Liverpool is still one of the most successful teams in professional football.
With 18 English championships, Liverpool was a record champion for a very long time. The last title, however, was in 1990, more than 25 years ago. Seven magnificent FA Cups are added to the magnificent title collection! Jürgen Klopp is currently the coach of Liverpool FC. Will the German be able to bring success back to Anfield Road? Both clubs are located in the north of the city and are therefore practically neighbors. This proximity, however, united the two teams instead of competing for the dominance of the urban area in the north. Statistically speaking, the city of Liverpool is the most successful in England with 27 championships won.
Everton vs. Liverpool fans
Although the Liverpool fans are among the most loyal of the Premier League and play the club anthem “You’ll never walk alone” in a breathtaking atmosphere in every home game, those supporters of Liverpool were involved in two of the biggest disasters, namely in the Heysel disaster and the Hillsborough disaster.The Heysel disaster took place in 1984/85 in the final of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in Brussels. Juventus won that match 1-0. Liverpool fans wanted to storm the Juventus Block and crushed the majority of the fans on the walls, also a wall broke down and buried people among themselves. A total of 39 people died, including 32 Italians, four Belgians, two French and one Northern Irish. As a result, 14 hooligans from England were sentenced to prison terms of up to 3 years. As a consequence, UEFA banned English clubs from playing international games for five years.
The second disaster occurred in 1989 during the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Too many people were let in in a spectator block, who were then pressed to the fence at the edge of the field and trampled to death. Curiously, nobody noticed this. Only after the start of the game did the officials pay attention and interrupt the match. A total of 96 people died and 766 others were injured – according to official figures. As a consequence, a law was developed, with the consequence that all standing places were removed from the stadium. With a few exceptions, there are only seats and no fences in England. Only since this disaster has the Liverpool coat of arms been modified with two torches and the saying “You’ll never walk alone”.
Everton enjoys great popularity as a traditional club in the country and worldwide. Some prominent fans include (or were) Sylvester Stallone, Matt Damon, Dolph Lundgren, three former Beatles members (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pete Best) and wrestler Daniel Bryan. Everton’s fan base is among the most peaceful in the country and Everton is a real family club.LFC fans are also – with a few exceptions in the hooligan scene – really peaceful fans, so it’s not for nothing that one speaks of the friendly derby. Even Everton fans are not resentful that you had to do without twice in the European Cup of the national champions because of the Liverpool hooligans in Brussels. There is no social, religious, political or geographical tension between the fan camps here. The Reds have their biggest rivalry in Manchester United.
Everton vs. Liverpool stadium
Liverpool FC’s stadium is the famous one in England that was used by Everton FC of all times (between 1884 and 1892). After Liverpool was founded, the stadium in Anfield was taken over. With a capacity of just under 45,000 seats, it really isn’t one of the largest stadiums in England, but the charm is still there. It is a pure seating stadium and was used at the 1996 European Championships! At the end of 2014, around 150 million euros were invested in modernizing the stadium. An expansion of the grandstands is also planned, so that the conversion measures should have a capacity of 59,000 seats. This work is expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017.
Everton FC have played their home games at Goodison Park since 1892 after having to give up Anfield Stadium. Goodison Park has a capacity of almost 40,000 seats. The stadium is in a dense residential area, so renovation work can be very complicated. Rumors of a move were common, but could not be implemented due to financial risks. The Goodison Park was not a venue for the European Championships in 1996, but it was the 1966 World Cup. In the semifinals, Germany was able to secure the final with a 2-1 victory over the former Soviet Union, but thanks to the “Wembley Goal” they beat England Has drawn shorter.
Everton vs. Liverpool formative players
Both clubs have had successful decades and so of course both teams also had their cult players. Liverpool have a direct defender Jamier Carragher (731 appearances) and Steven Gerrard (707), as well as Ian Rush (660 appearances). All three players became real club legends in the 1990s and after the turn of the millennium. The greatest legend, however, is likely to be Ian Callaghan, who was able to write club history with 857 games for Liverpool in the 1960s and 1970s.Record scorer is Rush with 346 goals, clearly ahead of Roger Hunt (286 goals), but far ahead of Gerrard (184) goals, Robbier Fowler (183 goals) and Michael Owen (158 goals). Other well-known ex-players from recent years are certainly the striker Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, the Spaniard Fernando Torres, the Argentinian Javier Mascherano, the midfield strategist Xabi Alonso, the Swiss Stephane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, Dietmar Hamann, but also Steve McManaman and Phil Neal still enjoy cult status among fans as formative players!
Everton’s most formative players were active between the 1960s and 1980s, such as Brian Labone, Treyor Steven, Alan Ball and Peter Reid. However, legends like Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and the Welshman Mark Hughes also played for Everton. World champions Marco Materazzi, Slaven Bilic, Kevin Campbell, Wayne Rooney, Phil Neville and John Heitinga also once laced their shoes at Everton. The record player is goalkeeper Neville Southall, who played a total of 750 times for Everton between 1981 and 1997. There can only be one among the record goal scorers: club legend Dixie Dean, who scored a sensational 377 goals for Everton in 431 appearances between 1925 and 1937!
Everton vs. Liverpool records
In recent years, Liverpool has made a name for itself as a major investor in the transfer market. Andy Carroll was bought from Newcastle in 2011 for around 40 million euros, Christian Benteke also moved from Aston Villa to Liverpool in 2015 for 40 million euros and TSG Hoffenheim was also able to collect just under 40 million euros for Roberto Firmino from Liverpool. Liverpool, however, also had some well-known exits. The record transfer for almost 81 million euros was the departure of Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona in 2014 , but also the sale of Fernando Torres for 60 million euros to Chelsea brought in a lot of money, Sterling also went to Manchester City for just under 60 million euros.
Everton has also been in a donor’s mood in recent years. For the 2014/15 season, Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea came for the record transfer fee of almost 35 million euros. The Belgian displaced compatriot Fellaini as a record transfer at Everton, because Fellaini came from Standard Liège in 2008/09 for a mere 21 million euros. There was a lot of money when Fellaini left 2013/14, because Manchester United was ready to pay 32 million euros for the Belgian! The record drop was that of only 18-year-old Wayne Rooney. Once again, Manchester United was the name of the customer, who was not too good for the cult player and put 37 million euros on the table.
Let’s come to a direct comparison! D ie balance the Merseyside derby speaks after 225 games with 88 wins to 66 defeats in 71 draw clear for Liverpool . With 313 to 257 goals, the goal difference is clearly in the lead, with the goal scoring of almost 2.5 goals per game being very unremarkable. Liverpool’s highest win was a 6-0 in 1935/36. Everton beat Liverpool 5-0 twice, in 1914/15 and 1982/83. Most goals at the Friendly Derby were scored by Ian Rush with 25 goals, just ahead of Dixie Dean with 19 goals. Steven Gerrard still has ten goals! The Welsh Neville Southall (Everton, 41 appearances), Ian Rush (Liverpool, 36 appearances) and Kevin Ratcliffe (Everton, 32 appearances) are also the players with the most appearances in the Liverpool derby!
Everton vs. Liverpool betting options
The overall record after far more than 200 games speaks for Liverpool and in fact Liverpool FC are already 11 derbies in a row unbeaten against Everton with four wins and seven draws! Although the draw in the statistics is rather inconspicuous, there have been numerous point shareings, especially in the past few years (and even 6 draws in the last 7 games). Betting opportunities can hardly be derived here, because there are no inconspicuities in the number of goals, as well as in the overall balance and other statistics. The Friendly Derby lives up to its name – hatred, violence and fierce competition practically do not take place here, despite the fact that Liverpool’s club founded Everton from Anfield and although the disaster at Heysel, based on Liverpool hooligans, prevented Everton from taking part in the European Cup of the national champions at their best. This prestigious derby is one of the oldest and most common derbies in the world – and despite all the friction in the club’s history, it is a real model for the respectful treatment of fans among one another and for respect for club cultures.