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    Inferiority Complex In Football



    As Sadio Mané poked a late winner at Goodison park to win the Derby for Liverpool it extended Everton's poor run the the fixture. Everton have not won a Merseyside derby in six years, while they've only celebrated victory once in the last 20 league meetings.  It's clear that Everton have developed a clear psychological issue when facing their more illustrious rivals one that can even be described as an inferiority complex. 

    An inferiority complex is defined as 'an unrealistic feeling of general inadequacy caused by actual or supposed inferiority in one sphere & one often feels incompetent to perform a task.' When looking at the quality of the two sides in recent seasons compared to the results it's arguably the case that Everton have hugely under-performed in this fixture and should have collected more than the solitary victory in 10 seasons worth of fixtures.

    Arteta celebrates as Everton beat Liverpool in the Derby back in October 2010


    On the other hand, it can be said that Everton poor run against their rivals has simply been down to the quality of the two sides and the money Liverpool are able to spend on their squad in comparison. Liverpool have bought three players in recent years over the 30 million price tag. While the most Everton have spent on a player is 28 Million for Romelu Lukaku. When looking at the last three seasons the reds have finished above Everton on every occasion finishing an average of 13.3 points ahead. In fact Everton have only finished above Liverpool twice in the league in the past decade in the 2011-12 & 12-13 seasons. So perhaps Everton's record has been so poor simply because Liverpool have often had a better squad available? When looking at those two seasons in question when Everton manged to finish above Liverpool the results in the Derby did not improve. Liverpool did the double over Everton in the 2011-12 season winning 2-0 and 3-0 while they also defeated Everton in the FA Cup Semi-final. The following season featured two league draws, but despite on paper being the better side over two league seasons, they failed to pick up a win.

    Further evidence of this inferiority complex can be found when looking at the results of other teams against Liverpool. Crystal Palace for example finished four places below Everton in the league last season and only returned to the premier league in 2013, yet they picked up more victories against Liverpool in 2015 alone (2) than Everton have since 2010. When looking at the three relegated sides last season (Villa, Newcastle and Norwich) both Villa and Newcastle have picked up three victories against Liverpool since Everton last beat them while Norwich have failed to beat Liverpool Since 1994.

    Spurs surrendered 2nd spot after a crushing defeat to Newcastle  

    Another team who seem incapable of dethroning their local rivals are Tottenham. Spurs' results in the league against Arsenal have been very encouraging over recent years and they haven't lost in the last 5 North London derbies. But unlike Everton, Spurs have failed to finish above their local rivals this century and arguably suffer from a similar complex. When looking at the 2015-16 table it will read that Arsenal finished one place above Spurs in second, yet the red side of North London were out of the title picture a number of weeks before Spurs. Spurs only needed a solitary victory in their final three games to ensure they finished above Arsenal, yet after blowing a two goal lead against Chelsea and losing at home to Southampton they were somehow thrashed by already relegated Newcastle to surrender 2nd place. Arguably, If any other side other than Arsenal were on their tails Spurs wouldn't of imploded in such a manner. Tottenham's inability to finish above Arsenal even coined the term 'St Totteringham's day' defined as 'a day when Arsenal fans celebrate the fact that Tottenham can no longer catch them in the league.' 

    Everton will have another chance to beat Liverpool, while Spurs are chasing Arsenal closely again this campaign. Maybe this is the season the two sides finally put past failures against their rivals behind them.

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