How James Milner can make Liverpool history on derby day at Goodison

The 241st Merseyside derby could see James Milner make history when Liverpool travel to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

If he scores, Milner will become the oldest Liverpool scorer in a Merseyside derby. He will be 36 years 242 days, taking the record from Garry McAllister (36 years 112 days in 2001).

The Liverpool midfielder could play the 600th game of his league career. He has made more of those appearances for Liverpool than any other team, the next best being Man City on 147.

Only two players aged 17 have ever appeared for the Reds in a Merseyside derby – Michael Owen in 1997 and Raheem Sterling in 2012.

Could the likes of Stefan Bajcetic or Bobby Clark become the third?


A chance to extend a club record

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 239th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have now gone 11 games unbeaten at Everton in the league – a club record (3 wins, 8 draws).

This will be the 241st meeting in all competitions, with 97 Liverpool wins, 67 Everton wins and 76 draws.

It remains the most played derby in the English top division.

In all competitions Liverpool have won more games against Everton (41) at Goodison than they have lost (40), while a win will give them the lead in league games at the ground.

Liverpool won 4-1 here last season, and in the 90 minutes scored as many goals as they had recorded in the previous 7 Goodison encounters.


Can Firmino break another duck?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, August 31, 2022: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino has no goals against Everton in 12 appearances in the Premier League – the most games he has played against any team in his Reds career without scoring.

Last Wednesday he scored his first goal against Newcastle in his 11th appearance.

Mo Salah’s next top-flight goal will be his 121st for Liverpool and will see him move into eighth place outright on the club’s all-time league goalscorers list.

Alisson has kept four clean sheets in his six appearances against Everton – all in the league.


The Blues’ rotten derby record

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 2, 2018: Liverpool's substitute Divock Origi scores the winning goal deep into injury time after a terrible error by Everton's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Everton won at an empty Anfield two seasons ago to record their only derby success since 2010.

They’ve had nine players sent off in the last 20 league meetings at Goodison, coming from behind to win a derby only once since the war – in 1992 when Peter Beardsley scored the winner.

In the last 36 games in all competitions, only Romelu Lukaku has scored more than once in a derby for the Blues – in a 3-3 draw at Goodison in November 2013.

Only one Everton goalkeeper has saved a penalty in a league derby – Tim Howard from Dirk Kuyt in October 2011.


Today’s referee

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 10, 2022: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara reacts to a decision by referee Anthony Taylor during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Anthony Taylor takes charge of his third Merseyside derby

He’s overseen one Liverpool win and one draw, with nine yellow cards in his previous two games.


Head-to-head league record

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 15, 2001: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring against Everton during the Premiership match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At Goodison Park: Liverpool 34 wins, Everton 34 wins, 35 draws.

Overall: Liverpool 80 wins, Everton 58 wins, 68 draws.