Rafa Benitez has NOT beaten Liverpool since 2002 and faces an uphill battle in the Merseyside derby

Liverpool and Everton clash for the 239th time tonight, with Toffees boss Rafa Benitez achieving a feat not seen since 1894 when he takes to the dugout at Goodison Park. The Spaniard, 61, is the first manager in 127 years to take charge of both Merseyside clubs in a derby. Yet Benitez will have little … Read more

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp snaps at question after saying Everton derby games are ‘too physical’

A new spin on the term ‘media briefing’ was provided by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool’s training ground yesterday lunchtime. Klopp, ahead of a big game, is usually garrulous. Even during the era of Zoom — of which Liverpool’s manager was no fan — he could spend 30 minutes in front of the camera dealing with … Read more

Rafa Benitez asks Everton fans to back their out-of-form side in Merseyside derby with Liverpool

Rafa Benitez asks angry Everton fans to back their out-of-form side in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby with Liverpool after Toffees booed their own team after seventh game without a win at Brentford last week Everton go into Wednesday’s Merseyside derby with Liverpool in horrid form A 1-0 loss at Brentford last Sunday was Everton’s seventh game … Read more

Benítez stays upbeat while Everton fans fear Merseyside derby doomsday | Everton

Evertonians of a glass-completely-empty persuasion envisaged a doomsday scenario when Farhad Moshiri appointed Rafael Benítez five months ago. It went something like this: fragile support for the new manager erodes along with the team’s form before the Merseyside derby, Liverpool inflict further punishment, the atmosphere turns poisonous and Benítez’s name is sung for the first … Read more

Championship: Fulham held by Derby, O’Neill fumes after Stoke defeat | Championship

Fulham were unable to find a breakthrough in the absence of the Championship’s leading goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic as they were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom club Derby at Craven Cottage. Marco Silva’s team were seeking an eighth successive win but they were denied by Wayne Rooney’s determined side. Fulham were left frustrated after … Read more

Wayne Rooney vows to fight for survival ‘miracle’ after Derby stun Bournemouth | Championship

Wayne Rooney has said he is not giving up on the “miracle” of keeping Derby in the Championship this season after seeing off high-flying Bournemouth 3-2. The Rams’ off-field problems led to the deduction of another nine points last week, taking their total punishment to 21, but Rooney’s men did their job on the pitch … Read more

Wayne Rooney insists he wants to stay as Derby boss even if they get relegated to League One

Wayne Rooney insists he wants to stay as Derby boss even if they get relegated to League One following ANOTHER huge points deduction… as he says he would be ‘naive and stupid’ to think he is above managing in the third tier of English football Championship Derby were this week slapped with a further nine-point … Read more

Derby deducted nine more points for breaching EFL rules over Pride Park sale | Derby County

Derby County have been deducted a further nine points after admitting to breaches of the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules over the £81m sale of Pride Park to former owner Mel Morris, taking their total deductions this season to 21 points. The club’s administrators confirmed on Tuesday that they have agreed the deduction with the … Read more