Top 5 most memorable Merseyside derbies

The biannual battle between Liverpool and Everton is one of the oldest and most hotly-contested rivalries in world football. FOX Sports Asia takes a look back at some of the most memorable encounters.

1982/83 Everton 0-5 Liverpool

Boyhood Everton fan Ian Rush had an incredible scoring record for Liverpool against the club he supported. He even had an entire Merseyside derby named after him after a phenomenal performance in November 1982.

The Toffees got off to a terrible start after Glenn Keeley was sent off on his debut for the club and the Reds took full advantage.

Rush, who already had an excellent reputation as a goal scorer, showed his class by netting four times and put Everton manager Howard Kendall in danger of losing his job before he turned the Goodison Park side’s fortunes around later in the season.

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1988/89 Liverpool 3-2 Everton

The 1989 FA Cup final carried extra significance not just because it was a Merseyside derby, but also because it happened just over a month after the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died at the semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

There was a long debate on whether the final should even be played, but it was eventually decided the match would go ahead as planned.

The two rivals did not disappoint. John Aldridge opened the scoring early on and, just when it seemed it was enough to win Liverpool the trophy, Stuart McCall scored a late equaliser.

Ian Rush then restored the Reds’ lead in extra time, but McCall then pegged them back once again. However, the perennial thorn in Everton’s side, Rush, completed his brace to win the enthralling encounter for his side.

1990/91 Liverpool 4-4 Everton

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting encounters between the two bitter rivals also turned out to be one of the best games in FA Cup history as Everton came from behind on four separate occasions to earn a 4-4 draw at Anfield.

Peter Beardsley scored twice for the Reds, while John Barnes pitched in with one of the goals of the season before Rush scored his inevitable goal against the Toffees.

However, braces from Graeme Sharp and Tony Cottee ensured Everton would get another crack at earning a place in the sixth round.

2000/01 – Everton 2-3 Liverpool

This was match that had everything, end-to-end action, a missed penalty, a sending off and a stoppage time winner.

Emile Heskey had given ‘Pool an early lead with a typical powerful surge and shot before Big Dunc drew them level.

Marcus Babbel then put Gerard Houllier’s men back in front with a breakaway goal, before Robbie Fowler missed a chance to settle the match when he smacked a dubiously awarded penalty against the inside of the post.

Everton then earned a spot-kick of their own, which David Unsworth duly dispatched before Liverpool’s Igor Biscan was sent off for a second yellow card.

The 10 men had the last laugh however, when Gary McAllister curled a cheeky free-kick into the bottom corner from about 30 yards out with an effort the Everton keeper Paul Gerrard really should have saved.

2006/07 – Everton 3-0 Liverpool

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Traditionally, Liverpool have held the ascendancy over Everton, but that gap has been steadily closing in recent years.

None-more-so was that evident than on a fine September afternoon in 2006 when the Toffees ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Goodison Park.

David Moyes was still in charge of the club at the time and had built himself a good reputation for finding quality players on a limited transfer budget.

Australian midfielder Tim Cahill, signed from Millwall in 2004 for just £1.5 million, opened the scoring with Andy Johnson adding a brace to cap a fine performance from the perceived underdogs.

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