Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and Everton manager David Moyes share a laugh ahead of an earlier clash between Liverpool and Everton. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Everton and Liverpool have a proud history behind them, especially so in the FA Cup - Everton have won the trophy five times, and been runners-up another eight times while Liverpool have seven Cup Final wins and six losses. Between the two teams, they have mustered 49 semi-finals appearances as well. The Merseyside Derby has occurred within the FA Cup 22 times, including replayed fixtures.
The history does yield a very interesting fact - every time Everton has beaten Liverpool in the Cup semi-finals, they have gone on to win the trophy while every time Liverpool has won a derby semi-final they have lost in the final. Keep it here after the jump as we take a look back at some memorable games where the two have gone head-to-head in the FA Cup in recent times and in distant history.
Of the 22 times in the FA Cup the Merseyside clubs have played each other, Everton have won seven, drawn six and lost nine times. Everton have also been outscored 26-35 in that period. However, Toffees all over can take heart as often enough in the Cup, and especially at Wembley, anything can happen on the day.
'08-'09 4th Round - The two teams drew 1-1 at Anfield barely six days after having drawn to the same score in the Premiership. In a match where the Blues found themselves often overwhelmed, they took a surprise lead through Joleon Lescott from a corner. They had to withstand a barrage of chances after that, but Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard drilled in an equalizer, but Everton held on to force a deserved replay at Goodison.
Ten days later the two met for the fourth time in the season and the game, in which Everton had the better of the chances, went into extra time with the Reds being a man short. Both teams were weary and already looking ahead to the penalties that would ensue when youngster Dan Gosling popped up with the winner with barely two minutes left. Everton would go on to reach the Finals where they lost to Chelsea.
Everton 1 0 Liverpool FA Cup (via johnefc83)
90-'91 5th Round - A dull 0-0 draw at Anfield gave no hints as to what was to ensue in the replay. Both sides traded early chances before Peter Beardsley cleaned up a rebound and put Liverpool ahead at halftime. Soon after the break Graeme Sharp converted from an Andy Hinchcliffe cross. Beardsley and Sharp then traded goals, before Ian Rush put the Reds up again. However, in the last minute of regular time Tony Cottee took advantage of slack defending to tie the game for the third time. John Barnes put Liverpool yet ahead in extra time, only for more confusion in the Liverpool ranks let in Cottee for his second and an improbable 4-4 draw that would go down in FA Cup lore.
With no penalty shootouts used to decide games as yet, there would be a second replay at Goodison in seven days, but the shocking news then was Kenny Dalglish's resignation the next day. Everton went on to win the replay 1-0 with a goal from Dave Watson and a fine performance from Neville Southall between the sticks, but would bow out in the quarter finals to West Ham.
FA Cup Classic Liverpool 4 Everton 4 (via sportsbox1)
88-'89 Final - In an emotional fixture just five weeks after the tragic happenings at Hillsborough, Liverpool took an early lead via John Alridge after just four minutes. This was only the second all-Merseyside Cup Final in history and the game played out to its billing as a thriller, with both sides trading chances all game long. Liverpool were already mentally celebrating a Cup win when Stuart McCall poked the ball in with the last kick of the game, prompting a pitch invasion by the Toffees. McCall had only scored once before all season, but as extra time would later prove, he picked his moments well.
In extra time, Rush scored early but once again McCall knotted the fixture with a spectacular chest-and-volley that gave iconic 'keeper Bruce Grobelaar no chance. However, Rush would score once again with a cushioned header for the win as Everton were vanquished.
FA Cup 1989 (via SouthAfricared)
'87-'88 5th Round - This era was marked by Merseyside's dominance of English football, with the two teams clashing again in the FA Cup, this time in the fifth round. Everton had already knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup in the 3rd Round, and were aiming to seal a Cup double against their rivals. Both teams had their chances but resolute defending on either side ensured the game stayed goalless at halftime. However, after Everton had seemingly done all the groundwork, Liverpool scored via Ray Houghton with just their third shot on goal and only a quarter of an hour left in the game. Peter Reid's withdrawal with injury earlier on in the game would prove to be the turning point as Liverpool held on to win and progress, before losing in the final to the upstarts Wimbledon.
'85-'86 Final - The first ever all-Merseyside FA Cup Final was preceded by Liverpool clinching the First Division title with Everton coming in as runners-up. Everton would be fancying their chances to upset the Reds' double-ambitions, especially with England striker Gary Lineker scoring first to give the Blues a deserved lead. However, maintaining the lead would improve an impossible task especially with talismanic 'keeper Southall out with injury and a Liverpool side which (for the first time ever in the Final) had no English players in the starting lineup scored twice around the hour mark to take the lead. With Everton throwing caution to the winds, Liverpool took advantage of the spaces created and slotted his second of the game to seal the win, and the double. Lineker would have an excellent World Cup that summer, where he was top scorer in an eventful tournament that saw equal parts of astounding, heartbreaking, stunning and horrifying as Argentina went on to win the title.
FA Cup : Finale 1986 : Liverpool - Everton : 3-1 (via MrFandefoot)
'80-'81 4th Round - The fixture played at Goodison was another one of the full-blooded derby matches that cemented this rivalry as one of the most hard-fought in football. Peter Eastoe and Imre Varadi gave the Blues a 2-0 lead before Peter Case scored a late consolation as Everton progressed to the next round. The game was marred with such heated passion and borderline dangerous tackling that Varadi reminisced recently "I still have that game on tape and if I get it out to show people they all say there would have been about 10 sending-offs if it was played today".
Everton vs Liverpool 1981 (via goldenvision63)
'76-'77 Semi-Final - Back then the semi-finals were held at a neutral venue and thousands of Merseysiders poured into Manchester City's old home at Maine Road for this semi-final fixture. Liverpool took the lead twice in the game, and Everton fought back both times and even scored an apparent winner with barely minutes to go but Bryan Hamilton's winner was controversially ruled offside and the replay was held at the same venue four days later.
The rematch was a no-contest with Liverpool winning 3-0 in a washout and marching into the finals, where they would lose to Manchester United.
'70-'71 Semi-Final - In another semi-final meeting, this time at Old Trafford, Liverpool pipped Everton 2-1 in a close finish, but went on to lose in the final against Arsenal.
'66-'67 5th Round - Everton won a close one 1-0, with the only goal being scored by the England's World Cup winning #7, the late Alan Ball Jr. He went on to get inducted into the Everton Hall of Fame 'Everton Giants' and was voted in by fans as a member of the greatest ever Everton team as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations in 2003.
'30s to the '60s - In 1955, Everton lost 4-0 in the 4th Round. In 1950, Everton lost at Maine Road 2-0, but Liverpool were then defeated by Arsenal in the finals. In 1932, Everton lost 2-1 in the 3rd Round, with legendary striker Dixie Dean getting the only Toffee goal.
Before the '30s - In 1911, Everton won 2-1 at Goodison in the 2nd Round, with Scottish striker Alex 'Sandy' Young netting both. Young is the fourth-highest scorer in Everton history and also scored the winner in the 1906 FA Cup Final. They also beat Liverpool in the semi-finals of the 1906 tournament at Villa Park en route to lifting the trophy. In 1905 the two met in the first round, with the game tied 1-1 before Everton won the replay 2-1. In 1902, Liverpool won 2-0 after having drawn the first round game 2-2.
Finally, to close out this history lesson, we take you way back in time to 27th September, 1902 when Everton beat Liverpool 3-1 at Goodison Park, which really hasn't changed much since then!