Posted on 19th Apr 2016
Liverpool face Everton on Wednesday night in the 226th Merseyside Derby.
The fixture is one of the greatest rivalries in world football and with plenty of late goals, red cards, and controversy, the Merseyside Derby is one not to be missed.
Football Ticket Pad picks out five of the best meetings between the sides as Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Martinez go to-to-toe:
Everton 0-5 Liverpool - November 1982:
The Ian Rush derby. The striker has scored 25 goals in this fixture making him the leading Derby goalscorer of all time with chants ringing of ‘Rush score one, Rush scores two, Rush scores three and Rush scores four.’
Rush finished this game with four goals in what was a striking masterclass that made him one of the greatest strikers.
Glen Keeley was sent off on his Everton debut after signing from Blackburn, with a late Mark Lawrenson goal heaping more misery onto the Blues, to send the travelling Kop into delirium.
Liverpool 0-1 Everton - September 1999:
Perhaps not a classic, but this game depicted the fight and hunger often anticipated with a Merseyside derby after Kevin Campbell’s early goal secured the three points for Everton at Anfield in an ill tempered affair.
Despite there only being one goal, there were three red cards which saw Liverpool goalkeeper, Sander Westerveld and Everton’s Francis Jeffers both receive their marching orders after being involved in a tussle. Liverpool had used all three substitutions so defender Steve Staunton had to play out the final twenty minutes in goal.
Liverpool’s misery was compounded when Steven Gerrard also saw red after his waist high tackle on Kevin Campbell.
Everton 2-3 Liverpool - April 2001:
This encounter saw five goals, twelve bookings, two penalties and one sending off as Liverpool edged a thrilling 3-2 at Goodison.
Gary McAllister’s stoppage time free kick from 44-yards sealed the three points with the last kick of the game for Gerard Houllier’s side, who secured their first win at Goodison in over a decade.
Liverpool took the lead twice with goals from Emile Heskey and Markus Babbel only for Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth to cancel out their strikes to pull Everton level from the spot.
With the scores locked at 2-2 Liverpool had a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after Richard Gough appeared to pass the ball back to goalkeeper, Paul Gerrard, who picked the ball up in what was deemed a backpass.
Robbie Fowler stepped up for the Reds, only to see his effort rebound off the post and the scores remain level.
Igor Biscan was earlier sent off for a second bookable offense as ten-man Liverpool dramatically took all three points when McAllister caught Paul Gerrard out with a quick free-kick which crept in at the near post.
Everton 3-0 Liverpool - September 2006:
Possibly Everton fans favourite derby victory in recent time, which was their biggest win over the city rivals in 42 years.
Tim Cahill’s opener set the tone for the Blues as they outplayed Liverpool at Goodison Park. Andy Johnson was a threat throughout the game and he capitalised on some dreadful defending by Jamie Carragher to double Everton’s lead.
Johnson then grabbed his second of the game in stoppage time to inflict more pain onto their neighbours. Liverpool goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, was unable to hold a shot from Lee Carsley and he clumsily spilled the ball onto the head of Johnson who headed home from barely a yard out to ensure the points belonged to the blue half of Merseyside.
Everton 3-3 Liverpool - November 2013:
Romelu Lukaku marked his first Merseyside derby with two goals for Everton before Daniel Sturridge headed a late equaliser for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Three goals in the first twenty minutes ensured a pulsating game after Philippe Coutinho handed Liverpool the lead after five minutes.
Kevin Mirallas equalised three minutes later, only for Luis Suarez to put Liverpool back in front after 19 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku appeared to have secured the three points for Everton with two late goals in the second period, only for substitute, Daniel Sturridge to nod home an 89th minute free kick from Steven Gerrard to ensure the points were shared.
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