On this day in 1987 Liverpool bested league leaders Everton 3-1 as the Merseyside clubs went head-to-head for the league title.

Following the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park earlier in the season a victory over Everton at Anfield was crucial should the Reds look to keep the pressure on the league leaders. Howard Kendall’s Toffees had performed to an exceedingly high standard throughout the course of the 1986/87 campaign, so much so that they lead city rivals Liverpool by 6 points with a game in hand on Kenny Dalglish’s Reds. 

Regardless of Everton’s superior league position, on the pitch it was Liverpool who were the better of the two teams, taking the lead inside 10 minutes, Steve McMahon making it 1-0 to the Reds. Everton were eager to strike back however with Kevin Sheedy making it 1-1 just six minutes after Liverpool had taken the lead. Everton couldn’t hold on though and Ian Rush proved to be the bane of the Blues existence once more, netting twice to make it 3-1, moving his tally against Everton up to 19 goals from 20 games, equaling Dixie Dean’s goal scoring record against the Toffees who scored 19 goals from 17 appearances against the local rivals.