Anfield (right) and Goodison Park (left), separated by Stanley Park

There is less than a mile between Goodison Park and Anfield, but the current gulf between Everton and Liverpool has arguably never been bigger during the Premier League era.

The Reds are European champions, unbeaten league leaders and in the form of their Premier League life under manager Jurgen Klopp.

By contrast, the Blues have gone 23 seasons without a trophy, are just above the relegation zone and reported to be on the verge of sacking manager Marco Silva.

There was a time in the mid-1980s when the two monopolised English football; Howard Kendall, Peter Reid and Neville Southall in the blue corner, Joe Fagan, Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish in the red, going toe-to-toe for every domestic trophy.

But over three decades of increasing Liverpool dominance later and with 16 league places, 26 points and a starkly different emotional outlook currently separating the sides, Wednesday’s meeting could well be the most one-sided Merseyside derby in a generation.

A short but painful trip

Historically, the journey across Stanley Park to Anfield has not been a pleasant one for Everton.

They have not won there this century – their last victory a 1-0 win on 27 September 1999, courtesy of a Kevin Campbell goal – and have only left the ground with three points on seven occasions since World War Two.

It has been 19 derbies since they tasted victory at either Anfield or Goodison – when Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta secured a 2-0 Blues home win on 17 October 2010.

It was not that long ago that the two were both competing at the right end of the table. When Brendan Rodgers’ Reds narrowly missed out on the title in 2013-14, Roberto Martinez’s Blues were finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe themselves.

But since then, there has only been one moment at which Everton’s points total over a rolling 38-game period has been greater than Liverpool’s. And this advantage lasted only three games.

As the above graph illustrates, Liverpool’s points total over the course of the preceding 38 matches has been superior to Everton’s from the second half of 2015-16 onwards (20 March 2016 to be exact).

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From Christmas 2017 – when the difference between them was down to eight points – the Reds have enjoyed a near constant upward trajectory, while the Blues have flatlined before slumping to their current low.

The present rolling 38-game points gap between the two of 55 is the largest it has been in Premier League history.

In addition, within only four of the previous 26 completed seasons has the gap between the two sides been greater than the current 26-point difference. And we’ve only had 14 games so far this campaign.

Biggest gaps between Everton & Liverpool in single season
Season Everton points Liverpool points Gap
2018-19 54 97 43
2001-02 43 80 37
2005-06 82 50 32
2000-01 42 69 27
2019-20 14 40 26*
2017-18 49 75 26
1996-97 42 68 26

Doom and gloom

A glance at any of the prominent Everton fan message boards,