Saturday 04 May 2013
Everton are looking to win a Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield for the first time since the turn of the millennium when they take on their Merseyside rivals on Sunday.
David Moyes' Everton side, who need a victory to keep their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League alive, take on local rivals Liverpool with history very much against them. The Blues have won just twice at Anfield since the Premier League's inception in the 1992/93 season and have yet to take three points at the home of their neighbours' since Moyes has been in charge.
Everton lie one place and five points above seventh-placed Liverpool going in to the 1.30pm kick-off and a long-awaited Anfield victory would give them a strong chance of bettering Liverpool's league position for a second consecutive season.
Everton's last Premier League win away at Liverpool came in September 1999 when Kevin Campbell, who scored 45 Premier League goals in seven seasons with the Toffees, netted the only goal of the game after just four minutes.
Their other Anfield victory came in November 1995 when former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis scored twice. In that 1995/96 campaign Everton finished sixth, which was their highest Premier League position until Moyes came in and oversaw a remarkable progression at Goodison Park.
From regularly battling to avoid relegation in the 1990s, the Blues have finished in the top eight of the Premier League in all but two seasons since the Scot took charge in 2002.
The Toffees finished above Liverpool for the first time in the Premier League when they earned fourth place in the 2004/05 season, and upstaged their rivals once more in the 2011/12 campaign, despite losing at Anfield when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored an impressive hat-trick. Gerrard is the joint-highest scorer in this fixture, along with Robbie Fowler, with five goals.
Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool side are on a good run of form, when they put six past Newcastle United last weekend. The Reds are unbeaten in five matches and have lost just three Barclays Premier League matches in 2013.
Everton have also been in impressive form of late, with a 1-0 defeat by Sunderland their only loss since February. Their defensive record has been the cornerstone of their recent success, with five clean sheets in their last seven league games.
Although they have only registered two victories at Anfield in the Premier League, strong defensive displays have helped Everton earn four goalless draws and five clean sheets in the 20 short trips across Stanley Park. Eight of the encounters have been settled by a one-goal margin, with Liverpool's 3-0 victory last season the biggest win so far.
For photographs of Premier League encounters between Liverpool and Everton flick through the gallery above.