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Goodison Park | 1st October 2011 12:45

Everton v Liverpool

Team News (new)



Tim Cahill helped Everton to a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Goodison Park last season and the Blues will be hopeful that he can recover from a bruised shin suffered in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in time for the 216th meeting between the sides.

Victor Anichebe (groin) remains the only long-term absentee for Everton.

Steven Gerrard has made two fleeting substitute appearances for the Reds this season as he continues his comeback from groin surgery.

The Liverpool captain is likely to start on the bench on Saturday, whilst Dirk Kuyt is pushing to replace Jordan Henderson on the right of midfield.

Form (new)




Everton were beaten for the first time in six games in all competitions last weekend when second half goals from Mario Balotelli and James Milner ended their good run against Manchester City at Eastlands.

The Blues have lost just once at home in the league since November and will move above Liverpool with a win on Saturday.

Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Wolves last week after defeat at Stoke and a 4-0 hammering at Spurs.

Kenny Dalglish's side haven't won an away game outside of London since March.

Match Stats (new)




1.
This is the 216th meeting between the two clubs in all competitions – making it the most-played fixture in English football.

2. On Saturday David Moyes will join Harry Catterick and Bill Shankly in being the only men to take charge of teams in derbies in 10 successive seasons.

3. Tim Cahill’s five league goals in derbies for Everton is the most by any player since Dixie Dean.

4. If Tony Hibbert plays on Saturday he will equal Duncan Ferguson’s club record of 16 Premier League derbies, and another scoreless game will see the full-back equal Brian Labone’s record run of 278 first-team games without a goal!

5. The Toffees will be looking for a third successive league derby without defeat – their best such run for 13 years.

Last Meeting (new)




LIVERPOOL 2-2 EVERTON (Sunday 17 January 2011):
The 215th Merseyside derby at Anfield marked the return of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager, but the points were shared in a game that ebbed and flowed as both sides surrendered the lead at one point. Raul Meireles scored his first league goal for the Reds as the hosts controlled the first half. But within 10 minutes of the restart Everton were ahead through Sylvain Distin and Leon Osman. Dirk Kuyt then levelled from the penalty spot and it finished 2-2.

Classic Match (new)




EVERTON 3-0 LIVERPOOL (Saturday 9 September 2006):
Everton's most convincing win of the Premier League era over Liverpool came in 2006 as the Blues recorded a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park. Tim Cahill gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half before Andrew Johnson to double the advantage. Johnson scored again in the 90th minute following a monumental clanger from Reds keeper Pepe Reina before celebrating by reminding the Liverpool fans of the score. 

What They Say




Royston Drenthe (Everton midfielder) on his first Merseyside derby:
“You don’t have to tell me it is a really important game. If I am on the pitch I will give more than 100 per cent to help get the Blues the three points. I know how important it is for the Evertonians who support us in every game. The Everton players don’t have to tell me much, I like my work and I know it’s a derby so you don’t have to tell me anything. I know they have quality but so do we. We have to think about our own game and deliver on the pitch.”

Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool forward) on playing against Everton: "It's a game I really enjoy. As a football player you always look forward to the biggest games. You enjoy the atmosphere, the pressure and the expectation. It's why you become a professional. Liverpool versus Everton is one of the biggest games of the season and when you win, especially away at Goodison Park, it is one of the best feelings.

"The thing I really like about the Merseyside derby is that the game is fast and physical and you quite often have one or two strong tackles on the pitch. But at the end of the game, the players shake hands. My brother-in-law is a big Ajax fan who was there at Goodison in 2007 and he too commented on how, despite the outcome of the match, both sets of supporters generally got along quite well."

Us And Them (new)




Despite the fierce rivalry between the two clubs there has still been a select group of players who have crossed the great divide and represented both Liverpool and Everton.

We've once again been able to name a full team, plus a few substitutes as well.

Dutchman Sander Westerveld would play in goal, with 19th century defender Andrew Hannah, Dave Watson, Gary Ablett and David Burrows ahead of him.

In midfield Nick Barmby and Kevin Sheedy would patrol the flanks with Steve McMahon and Don Hutchinson taking central roles. Peter Beardsley would play just behind the Cannonball Kid Dave Hickson.

On the bench would be Abel Xavier, Billy Lacey and Duncan McLean.

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