The Merseyside Derby: What Does It Mean?

The Merseyside Derby: What Does It Mean?

Like most football rivalries, the Merseyside derby is steeped in history. I don’t mean that contretemps in 1892 when chairman John Houlding thumbed his nose at the Everton board and told them that he’d had enough of high rents and was off to set up his own club called, yes, ‘Everton FC and Athletic Grounds Ltd’, nor do I mean tales of Alan Ball and Brian Labone, Billy Liddell and Gordon Hodgson. No. I mean the history in your head. …
Changing times at Liverpool

Changing times at Liverpool

On the eve of a Merseyside derby, the manager is under increasing pressure from the supporters over results and performances on the pitch. Back in October, that statement concerned the then Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, now the same can be said for Everton manager Roberto Martinez. How times have changed. It’s almost four years since we were treated to photos of Martinez strolling along the streets of Miami with John W Henry, coffees in hand. How different things may have …
Liverpool FC: The Future Is All That Counts

Liverpool FC: The Future Is All That Counts

A decent first-half display in the 225th Merseyside derby was the last thing Brendan Rodgers had to shout about as manager of Liverpool Football Club. The final result (1-1) was by the by for the Northern Irishman, as he soon learnt what many fans had known since late last week (thanks to a clued in local fan on Twitter), ie. his days at Anfield were done. Not before time either, certainly not from this side of the fence. That Fenway …
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 : Player Ratings

Everton 1 Liverpool 1 : Player Ratings

A drab derby, characterised by a couple of shocking defensive errors, meant Liverpool left Goodison park with a point. Brendan Rodgers should be scratching his head as Liverpool reverted to a slow, methodical, predicable, I don't know what I am doing type of football as they struggled to create any major openings. However, the Reds should be thankful to their Belgian keeper for saving them from predictable defensive errors. Simon Mignolet - 7 . A typical Mignolet performance. A performance characterized …
Everton v Liverpool: 3 Things To Think About

Everton v Liverpool: 3 Things To Think About

Ahead of the Merseyside derby this Sunday, Liverpool head into the historic tie under immense pressure. Unlike previous encounters, the Reds aren't the favourites. Brendan Rodgers has led the squad through a hail of poor performances and is only just holding onto his job, Daniel Sturridge has the weight of a club on his dodgy ankles and a loss could be the catalyst for drastic change at England's most successful, and currently most suffering, club. Here are three things to …
The Importance of Winning the Derby

The Importance of Winning the Derby

Twitter is the breeding ground for bad ideas and I've seen plenty on there lately. From the petition to sign Marco Reus, the "let's all dress as Jurgen Klopp" for the Villa game movement that made the press to the recent "I hope we lose so Brendan Rodgers is sacked" gang that's starting to get some traction. I've seen tweets along the lines of "yeah a loss to Everton definitely means the end for Rodgers." Obviously I've improved the grammar …
The Merseyside Derby - A Family Feud

The Merseyside Derby - A Family Feud

In the late months of 2000, my aunt and Godmother died. That’s the same person, by the way. It was a bad time but not a double tragedy. My aunty Pat was my Dad’s sister. She was very glamorous with a mop of blonde hair, had a hearty laugh and called me ‘soft lad’. I absolutely adored her. She lived near Tuebrook, Liverpool with my cousin Lisa and I always regret not knowing her better. For some reason I was …
Everton v Liverpool | Merseyside Derby Special

Everton v Liverpool | Merseyside Derby Special

Derby day.  What more could we ask for at this point?  Liverpool haven’t lost in 2015, and Everton won their first game since mid-December this past weekend. True, it was Crystal Palace, but a resurgent Palace nonetheless (insert sarcastic smirk here). Last time out, both sides were in a poor run of form and drew 1-1. I’ll bet the house on a vastly different scoreline after 90 minutes on Saturday evening. What Do They Think? So, this is my first …
Adam Lallana Showing the Signs of Successfully Slotting into Liverpool

Adam Lallana Showing the Signs of Successfully Slotting into Liverpool

A Merseyside derby win would have been the perfect catalyst for Liverpool to get going on winning run, especially when the performance was better than what is has been in recent weeks. However, no one can be blamed for the uncharacteristic goal that Phil Jagielka pulled out the hat. 99 times out of 100, that would have gone high and wide, and it’s just one of those unpredictable things that can happen in these big games. Of course, conceding at …
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