Blues vs. Reds

The first Merseyside derby of this season promised to be the most unpredictable for quite a while. Both Everton and Liverpool went into the match in good form…the home side enjoying success under new manager Roberto Martinez, and the visitors, with their new strike partnerships of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, scoring plenty of goals. Recent clashes between the two teams haven’t been the most exciting of affairs, but the early kick-off on Saturday surely had to deliver.

And deliver it did.

I’m not the biggest of football fans…I keep tabs on the (mis)fortunes of Ipswich Town, who I supported as a youngster when I lived down in Suffolk and was lucky enough to have a season ticket at Portman Road. I watched them with my father and brother, and got just as excited as any other fan when the ball hit the back of the net, or when someone hit the post, or got fouled in the penalty area. Perhaps it’s the job, to a degree, that has dampened my enjoyment of the game. Seeing as much football as I do, it’s hard to get overly excited anymore at the prospect of what you could call the ‘average’ league fixture. There are some games that still get the juices flowing though, that I still look forward to witnessing, and this fixture is one of them. Regardless of recent records, you know it’s always going to be lively.

Arriving at Goodison Park early, I went for a walk to look for pictures that could preview this fixture. Shots of the surrounding area, with football references, would be ideal. If I was to do a full feature on Liverpool, then even the football reference wouldn’t necessarily be an essential part of the shoot, but on a day like this, these shots would be part of the overall shoot. I found a few things that fitted the bill…

 

A sign directing those on foot to either Everton F.C. or Liverpool F.C.
A sign directing those on foot to either Everton F.C. or Liverpool F.C.

 

A billboard promoting Liverpool's football rivalry
A billboard promoting Liverpool’s football rivalry

 

When the match go under way, it was a noisy, lively affair from the off. Challenges were flying in, fans were ‘expressing their opinions’, and you could feel a tension in the air, as well as a sense of expectancy from both sets of supporters, all of whom felt this match was their’s for the taking…

 

Seamus Coleman of Everton takes on Joe Allen of Liverpool
Seamus Coleman of Everton takes on Joe Allen of Liverpool

 

James McCarthy of Everton stretches for the ball past Joe Allen of Liverpool
James McCarthy of Everton stretches for the ball past Joe Allen of Liverpool

 

Kevin Mirallas of Everton fouls Luis Suarez of Liverpool, but is only booked
Kevin Mirallas of Everton fouls Luis Suarez of Liverpool, but is only booked

 

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool (C) leads the complaints
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool (C) leads the complaints

 

As if the atmosphere wasn’t hostile enough already, Mirallas’ foul on the ever-controversial Luis Suarez took it to another level. Goodison Park exploded to a sound of jeers and boos as the Uruguayan rolled around on the floor in agony…something he’s known to do at the softest of touches. However, photographs and television replays showed this was not the softest of touches, as he hobbled away with stud marks adoring his right thigh.

The game went on, and eventually finished 3-3. Here are some more of my pictures, including Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser and celebration to salvage a point for Liverpool…

 

Kevin Mirallas scores Everton's 1st goal past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Kevin Mirallas scores Everton’s 1st goal past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

 

Kevin Mirallas celebrates after scoring Everton's 1st goal
Kevin Mirallas celebrates after scoring Everton’s 1st goal

 

Luis Suarez of Liverpool sits on the advertising boards looking dejected
Luis Suarez of Liverpool sits on the advertising boards looking dejected

 

Daniel Sturridge scores the 3rd goal for Liverpool, a late equaliser to make it 3-3 at full-time
Daniel Sturridge scores the 3rd goal for Liverpool, a late equaliser to make it 3-3 at full-time

 

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring a late equaliser to save a point for Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring a late equaliser to save a point for Liverpool

 

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard shows his frustration after Liverpool snatched a late equaliser
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard shows his frustration after Liverpool snatched a late equaliser

 

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