Liverpool FC has left Goodison Park with a winning feeling many times. Just as we did in September 1989, the season when we grabbed our latest league title. Let´s take a look how the Red men downed Everton by 3-1 26 years ago.
The season before Liverpool lost the title to Arsenal in that terrible final league match at Anfield. Was the Kop crew downhearted when the season 1989/90 started? Not particularly. We met Everton away in the seventh league game and was undefeated after three wins and three draws. The Reds were nicely placed second in the table. But Everton was in even better form sitting above us. So the derby was an early top of the table clash. So far Everton had won all three game on home turf while Liverpool had just one win in three on their travels.
Liverpool was in for a tough test. And it became even more severe when the Toffees got their noses in front when Mike Newell made it 1-0 in the 18th minute. Everton dominated the first half hour and rattled the bar on one occasion.
But Liverpool didn´t buckle and in the 33rd minute we were level. John Barnes finished a nice move after a free-kick and headed home for 1-1.
In the second half Liverpool took care of matters and played brilliantly. A certain Ian Rush was once again the man to put Liverpool on the path to victory. In the 62nd minute a Barnes cross was put in the net by the lurking Rush. Just two minutes later the Welshman showed his scoring skills again when his shot was too hard too handle for Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall and suddenly the Reds were 3-1 up. This was Rushie´s 23rd goal in his 24th derby, an exceptional record.
In the second half players like Rush, Peter Beardsley, John Barnes, Ronnie Whelan and Steve McMahon showcased their attacking magic and Liverpool cruised to another derby win. It was a perfect tonic for the rest of the season where Liverpool was in no mood to copy the mistake from the previous campaign. The title was wrapped up with a nine point margin to runners-up Aston Villa.
Another 3-1 Liverpool win will suit me fine when the Reds tomorrow take the short trip to Goddison and hopefully makes sure that:
We Go Again.Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.