FA Cup Merseyside derby to cap weekend of Liverpool sport

The first Wembley fixture between Liverpool and Everton in more than 20 years will cap a weekend of Merseyside sport as the Grand National racing meeting takes place the same weekend, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Everton sealed their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday and, with Liverpool already confirmed to face the winners of the contest on the same day as the feature race of the Grand National meeting at Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse, Merseyside will be the focus of the country’s sporting attention in for the weekend of April 14th, the date of the Liverpool vs. Everton match. The feast of sport is bolstered by boxer and Evertonian Tony Bellew defending his British light-heavyweight title in the city the same evening as the FA Cup semi-final.

The last time Liverpool and Everton met at Wembley was 1989, when the FA Cup final was played in the shadow of the Hillsborough disaster that united the city. Merseyside derbies at Wembley were a common occurrence in the 1980s, when the sides met four times in five years at the national stadium, with Liverpool winning twice, Everton once and one draw, in the 1984 League Cup final. Liverpool eventually won a replay at Manchester City’s Maine Road.

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