FA Cup Semifinal: Everton Looking to Break Recent Trend and Beat Liverpool

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Everton manager David Moyes during an Everton training session at Goodison Park on April 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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On Saturday when Everton take on Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semifinals, the Toffees will look to break the recent losing trend they have had against their Merseyside rivals.

Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Everton have only won three out of 16 Merseyside derbies, managing four draws.

The Toffees have played second fiddle to their rivals for longer than just the past seven years, but this recent trend has seen Liverpool win four doubles in Premier League play.

The good news for Everton fans is that the last time the two clubs participated in a Merseyside derby in the FA Cup (in the 2009 fourth round), they were the victorious side as Dan Gosling scored in extra time of the replay fixture at Goodison Park.

That season, Everton went on to the FA Cup final and eventually lost to Chelsea, a result that they could avenge if they beat Liverpool this weekend.

The reason for Liverpool's success can easily be explained by the star players that have marched through Anfield—Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and many others.

Even though the Reds have had dominant players on the pitch, Everton has had its own share of success in the Premier League under manager David Moyes since the Scotsman took over in 2002—but they have never jumped out of the shadow of Liverpool to win a trophy.

Everton has had their fair share of talent at Goodison Park in recent years as well, with Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Tim Howard and Phil Neville making names for themselves at the club. However, these talents have been unable to put together a string of results against Liverpool in the derby.

This season could change the trend. The Toffees have a third chance at beating their rivals in the FA Cup semifinals and a chance to finish above Liverpool in the table, as well.

The combination of a win at Wembley in the FA Cup and a higher finish in the league table could turn the tides in the city of Liverpool.

With Everton putting together a solid squad, the future could be bright at Goodison Park. Their talent will only get better if they keep Royston Drenthe from his loan from Real Madrid and are able to hold on to young players like Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell.

But for this all to happen, the Toffees need a win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Then they can think about turning the tides in the Merseyside derby.