The Merseyside Derby: Everton’s remarkable Anfield record

Megan Finnigan of Everton and teammates applaud the fans following the team's victory over Liverpool at Anfield
Megan Finnigan of Everton and teammates applaud the fans following the team's victory over Liverpool at Anfield (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Everton travelled to Anfield for the Merseyside Derby last Sunday, looking to kickstart their Women’s Super League season following three straight defeats in all competitions. Liverpool by contrast had won their first two WSL games and eyed their first Merseyside Derby victory since 2019.

In a tight game, the Toffees ran out 1-0 winners, extending their astonishing 100 percent record at Anfield. Their portfolio on the opposition’s big stage now stands at four games, four wins, and zero goals conceded.

This record has perplexed fans of the Reds, with numerous tweets jokingly being posted by supporters urging the club to avoid playing derbies at Anfield in the future.

The latest result now marks two consecutive years where form has completely gone out the window for this fixture. Twice Brian Sørensen’s side have travelled to Anfield winless and left with all three points.

Anfield derby history

December 9th 1997: Liverpool 0-2 Everton

The first meeting at Anfield between the two sides took place in 1997. En route to their 1997/,98 FA Women’s Premier League win, the Blues would run out comfortable 2-0 winners, with goals from Karen Burke and Tina Mason.

A game taking place at a stadium such as Anfield was not common back in the 1990s. All the credit for securing Anfield for this derby has been given to Sylvia Gore. She scored England’s first ever international goal and has also been awarded an MBE. In 1997, she was the driving force for every Liverpool milestone, including this game.

This would prove to be the last clash at Anfield for a long 22 years. A stark reminder of the inequality that was, and still is facing women’s players and clubs.

November 17th 2019: Liverpool 0-1 Everton

A hefty 22 years on from their last Anfield encounter, the Merseyside Derby returned to its spiritual home. The game had progressed substantially in the space between both games. The players were professional, the league had a fancy new name, and the support for the game had grown massively.

Liverpool had waited a long time to avenge their defeat in 1997, but the wait would have to go on a little bit longer. On the stroke of half time, a Lucy Hope (Graham at the time) long-range strike was fumbled by Anke Preuß at the Kop end and the Scot’s goal would prove to be the only one of the game.

September 25th 2022: Liverpool 0-3 Everton

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Liverpool’s relegation from the WSL meant another three years would pass without an Anfield derby. In 2022, a total of 27,574 supporters made their way to the stadium, with the majority hoping to see a Liverpool victory. Everton had yet to win under new manager Sørensen but a dominant performance soon changed that. Goals from Finnigan, Park and Bennison secured a famous win for the Toffees.

This was a milestone season for this fixture, as for the first time ever, both games between Liverpool and Everton were played at Anfield and Goodison Park respectively. A combined crowd of 50,000 people attended the Merseyside Derby in 2022/23.

October 15th 2023: Liverpool 0-1 Everton

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The most recent encounter was perhaps the most bizarre. Everton fans filling half of the Anfield Kop end, winless Everton vs league leaders Liverpool, an injury after ten seconds of the game.

The outcome remained the same however, as a Megan Finnigan’s first half header secured the fourth straight victory on the big stage of their rivals.

As the WSL continues to grow, it’s unlikely we’ll see this fixture away from Anfield ever again. Everton’s remarkable record won’t last forever, but while it does it’s the ultimate bragging rights for the Blues and their derby day mentality.

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