Derby day has brought some really good moments over the years. In this article I’m gonna run through my personal top 5 moments in the Merseyside Derby over recent years. I am not a Liverpool fan but I have done this like I was:
5. Gerrard’s Hat Trick
Liverpool 3-0 Everton, Premier League (13/03/12)
I’ll start this off with a historic moment in the derby, and that is the first hat trick in the Merseyside Derby since Ian Rush in 1982 when Steven Gerrard took the game to his own and dominated it by scoring 3 fantastic goals and making sure Liverpool had this game won.
The first takes a few deflections before it lands at the captain’s feet who then places the ball beautifully over the heads of the Tim Howard and his defence, the second shows some mastery from Luis Suarez in getting past the Everton backline which results in Gerrard smashing the ball into the Kop goal and the 3rd showcased a great run by Liverpool’s number 8 before playing a one-two with Suarez to leave him with an open goal to complete his days work.
4. Andy Carroll’s Late Winner
Liverpool 2-1 Everton, FA Cup Semi Final. (14/04/12)
Back in 2012, the two Merseyside clubs were reunited in a tie at Wembley to decide who would be going to the FA Cup Final. With the game at one goal a piece thanks to massive defensive errors and finishes from Nikica Jelavic and Luis Suarez left the game on a knife edge. Liverpool received an 88th minute free kick near the corner flag.
With the box loaded, Craig Bellamy whips in the ball and it finds the head of Liverpool’s record signing and widely considered flop, Andy Carroll who sends the fans into absolute rapture. Whilst he may never be remembered as a great signing for the club, this is a moment which makes sure he stays in the hearts of the fans.
3. “The Ball, The Ball, They Hardly Touched The Ball…”
Liverpool 4-0 Everton, Premier League (20/04/16)
This was the 2nd Merseyside Derby I have attended and I can honestly say it was probably the most enjoyable 90 minutes in my history of going to Anfield. Right from the start of the game you could immediately just tell Everton weren’t ready for this game.
It took a while for Liverpool to make the breakthrough in this game, but once Divock Origi’s header found it’s way past Joel Robles there was no stopping The Reds from that moment on. Mamadou Sakho made it 2-0 almost immediately after Origi’s goal (in what is highly likely his last ever game for the club) and when Sturridge and Coutinho added to Everton’s misery it just completed an enjoyable Wednesday night for the red side of Merseyside.
After 4-0 everything just seemed like a massive laugh. With Liverpool taking the piss with their passing movements, Lucas Leiva taking a shot from distance causing the whole stadium to go into hysterics (including the Liverpool manager) and a bunch of songs aimed at mocking Everton.
“The ball, the ball. They hardly touched the ball. We played the shite on a Wednesday night, and they hardly touched the ball.”
2. Red Domination.
Liverpool 4-0 Everton, Premier League (28/01/14)
The build up towards this Merseyside Derby was very interesting as at that moment of the season, it was showing Liverpool and Everton both battling towards a Champions League spot for the next season, and with both teams playing attacking football this game had the making to be a fantastic game. By the end though, it proved to be an amazing night for the Red side which would send them on towards a title charge.
The game was primarily dominated by Liverpool and you could sense the game was done after the corner set piece which resulted in the first goal of the night where Gerrard scored a header and Romelu Lukaku was forced to go off injured. Add to this a quickfire double by Daniel Sturridge (including an amazing chip over Tim Howard) and Luis Suarez running half the pitch to make it 4 and it made for a night which would live long in the memory of any Liverpool fan. Even Sturridge missing a penalty to make it 5-0 couldn’t dampen the spirits of the fans.
1. Mane (90+4)
Everton 0-1 Liverpool, Premier League (19/12/16)
I honestly had no other choice than putting this as my number 1 moment. The emotions I experienced when the Sadio Mane strook the ball into the Goodison Park net were unexplainable. I can only think of a few moments which would top Mane’s goal and both the 4-0’s shown earlier combined probably wouldn’t match the feeling I got from this.
Unlike in those 4-0’s, Liverpool didn’t start off well. In fact, Liverpool were absolutely abysmal with Everton being the better side going into the half time break, but following that it became quite clear they were starting to tire under the pressure of this Red’s side. An injury to their keeper caused a minimum of 8 minutes of stoppage time which gave some light into Liverpool being able to claim a winner. 4 minutes into it, Daniel Sturridge rolled a shot onto the post of the goal and Sadio Mane with his unrelenting pace, raced onto the rebound and sent Liverpool fans into joy and ruined the Christmas of every Evertonian.