Liverpool vs Everton: The Dirty Game

Local derbies are always guaranteed to get the pulses racing, and in England no other match gets the blood pumping like the Merseyside Derby.

While the clash between Liverpool and Everton is known as the ‘Friendly Derby’ – fans of both teams often sit together in the crowd, it has also been labelled the ‘dirtiest game’ in English football by some.

So which one is correct?

Well, according to Opta the latter is a more appropriate moniker as the biannual clash between Everton and Liverpool has by far and away seen the most red cards of any Premier League fixture.

Since the advent of the Premier League back in 1992 there have been a staggering 21 red cards, five more than the next fixture which also includes Liverpool. The Reds versus the Red Devils is second with 16. Third on the list is Everton vs Newcastle with 15.

The dirtiest game was back in September 1999 when three players ended up having an early bath.

Everton’s Francis Jeffers and Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld were red-carded after some fisticuffs before Steven Gerrard was sent off for a waist-high challenge on Kevin Campbell.

Early bath for ‘Stevie G’.

Of those 21 red cards, two players have been sent off more than once. Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville both receiving their marching orders twice.

Over that time Everton have outdone their cross-city rivals in the early bath stakes, picking up 14 reds compared with Liverpool’s seven.

So, who will be seeing red this weekend?

The complete list:

Everton (14)
David Unsworth (1997)
Francis Jeffers (1999)
Thomas Gravesen (2000)
David Weir (2003)
Gary Naysmith (2003)
Phil Neville (2005, 2007)
Mikel Arteta (2005)
Andy van der Meyde (2006)
Tony Hibbert (2007)
Tim Cahill (2008)
Steven Pienaar (2010)
Jack Rodwell (2011)
Ramiro Funes Mori (2016)

Liverpool (7)
Robbie Fowler (1997)
Sander Westerveld (1999)
Steven Gerrard (1999, 2006)
Igor Biscan (2001)
Milan Baros (2005)
Sotiris Kyrgiakos (2010)