Everton and Liverpool share the spoils and the hope that Merseyside revival will bridge the gap


Everton manager Brian Sorensen has one suggestion – he wants more of their home games to be staged at the men’s team’s ground.

“Make sure we play here often,” Everton’s Danish coach said, when asked what needs to happen next, following what was a club-record home crowd for Everton’s women. “People will come. Not only for the Liverpool derby but also when other teams are coming. So hopefully we can come here and play some more.”

Liverpool manager Matt Beard felt Friday’s contest was a “great advert for women’s football”, and if we are being honest, Merseyside has needed one. Since Liverpool’s 2014 WSL title, both they and Everton have each endured spells in the second tier and have had to rebuild. However, this game truly lived up to the pre-match hype, as both teams went on the attack.

Sorensen added, of the atmosphere: “It was electric, it was like when I’m here when the men play, so I’m really happy, it was magic. I’m just a little disappointed we couldn’t give them the win.”

Both teams will feel they could have pinched it. Everton’s in-form, left-sided midfielder Gabby George’s curling opener – struck from a very tight angle – was cancelled out by Katie Stengel’s confident low finish from inside the box, on a night when both teams had enough chances to score at least four goals each. Their main exasperation, though, focused on two disallowed goals.