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12 facts and figures about the 227th Merseyside derby

Brush up on a dozen interesting Merseyside derby facts and figures before Liverpool face rivals Everton at Goodison Park this evening.

Liverpool have won 89 of the 226 meetings between the clubs in all competitions, with Everton winning 66 and 71 ending all square.

The Reds have lost just three of the last 33 meetings in the Premier League home and away – all at Goodison Park – and are unbeaten in the last 11 either side of Stanley Park.

The last four league games at Goodison have been drawn – a record for meetings between the teams on this ground.

Both sides’ biggest league win over the other at Goodison has been by a 5-0 scoreline. Everton recorded theirs in April 1909 and Liverpool theirs in November 1982.

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool’s Lucas vying for the ball

27 players have been sent off in Merseyside derby history – nine from Liverpool and 18 Everton players. Only five men had been dismissed in the first 88 years of games. The last four Liverpool red cards in league fixtures have come in matches they have gone on to win.

The teams have met in Liverpool’s last fixture before Christmas on three previous occasions. There have been two goalless draws – at Goodison in 1919 and at Anfield in 2002 – while the Reds won the 1949 home clash 3-1.

Nathaniel Clyne could make his 50th league appearance for the club. The defender has played every minute of the Premier League campaign so far.

All of Everton’s nine Premier League victories over Liverpool have come in the first meeting of the season. The last time they won the second league meeting of a campaign was March 1988 at Goodison.

The Blues have been awarded seven penalties in post-war league derbies, with five being scored and two missed. During the same period, the Reds have scored 11 of their 16.

Romelu Lukaku has scored five times in his 11 appearances against Liverpool.

Ronald Koeman will manage a fourth different team against the Reds, having previously taken charge of Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Southampton. He has won three of 11 meetings – two with Benfica and the other with the Saints – and lost six.

Everton are unbeaten at home in the league this season. They have won four (against Stoke City, Middlesbrough, West Ham United and Arsenal) while drawing with Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Manchester United.


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