It’s been 19 years since Everton tasted victory at our former home, Anfield, and it’s been a long time since many Evertonians truly believed a result was possible, but this year it is. And bookies odds are falling, from 15/2 to 29/4.
When Andrei Kanchelskis fired in his second in 1995, nobody thought that a win would only happen once more in two decades, but it was Kevin Campbell’s strike, famously celebrated by stand-out Evertonians in the Kop, which saw our last win there, in 1999.
Back then, perhaps fittingly, as Campbell fired into the Anfield net, Eiffel 65’s hit “Blue” was number one in the charts, Rover released the god-awful 25 model, and Midland Bank became HSBC.
Fast forward 19 years and those two wins are the only two in the Premier League era at Anfield, with 12 draws and 12 defeats on the cards.
Other than when Everton played our home games at Anfield, it’s not been a happy hunting ground, we even had to wait until 1899 to get our first away win the derby – on the fifth attempt!
That might be enough to write the game off in anybody’s minds, until you see that we’re playing the game on December 2nd, a date on which we have only lost twice in 17 games.
We’ve (predictably given the above information) never played Liverpool on December 2nd, but out first outing on this date was a 3-0 win over Newton Heath, who would then become Manchester United.
Our three games on December 2nd this century have all been wins, against Sunderland, AEK Athens, and last year, Huddersfield.
Marco Silva reports no new injury news for the short trip across Stanley Park, and his attitude of not letting fear into the dressing room has given Evertonians new hope going to the old ground for the 232nd Merseyside derby.
Come on you Blues!