Eighteen games have come and gone in the Merseyside Derby since Everton last defeated Liverpool in the Premier League.
That long-ago victory came on 17 October 2010 as the Toffees stormed to victory over their red rivals, 2-0, at Goodison Park. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta got the goals for David Moyes’ team as a raucous Everton crowd watched on.
Merseyside football supporters can use the William Hill sign up offer ahead of Sunday’s game at Goodison Park to get the latest information on the fixture. Since that fateful win, Liverpool have won nine times against Everton in the league, including earlier this season when Divock Origi scored a last-gasp goal at Anfield.
Everton 2-0 Liverpool
Everton’s 2-0 win over Liverpool came just after John W. Henry and Fenway Sports Group took control of the Reds. Liverpool were in a bad state at the time and it showed with the players’ performance on the pitch. For as bad as Liverpool were, Everton were great. Cahill’s goal came in the first half and Arteta finished off the day with a goal in the second interval. Liverpool were corralled by Everton’s smothering defence as they limply fell to defeat.
Unbelievably, Liverpool had gone into the derby winners of just one game in their first seven of the season. The loss cemented them in the relegation zone at the time. Although they emerged from it in the following week.
Names change but the game stays the same
Nine years have passed since Everton’s last Premier League derby win. Only Everton’s Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka are still playing for the club. Neither are certain to start on Sunday, but Jagielka’s return on Tuesday against Cardiff was food for thought.
None of Liverpool’s player on that fateful day in October 2010 are still at Anfield. The club has moved on with several of those players leaving not long after the defeat to Everton.
Everton’s win against Liverpool wasn’t their only significant moment against the Reds in 2010-11. Everton picked up a 2-2 draw at Anfield thanks to goals from Sylvain Distin and Jermaine Beckford.
The Toffees finished four points behind Liverpool in the final Premier League standings. The four points Everton took off the Reds meant the Anfielders did not qualify for the Europa League.
Can Everton stop Liverpool’s title charge?
Everton could play the spoiler to Liverpool’s title charge. The Reds are fighting for their first Premier League/First Division title in 29 years. An Everton win would almost gift the championship to Manchester City.
Liverpool’s poor recent results, three draws in four league games, could play right into the hands of Marco Silva and company. Form goes out the door on derby day, however. The first derby of the season was cagey and had Origi’s shot gone over the bar, Liverpool would be one point behind Pep Guardiola’s team rather than the other way around.
Can Everton stop Liverpool’s title charge and achieve their first win against Liverpool in the Premier League since 2010? It is very much possible when the sides clash at Goodison Park on Sunday.