Ahead of this weekend’s eagerly anticipated Merseyside derby, we take a look back at the 10 most memorable clashes between these two arch rivals.
1982: Everton 0-5 Liverpool
Welsh front man Ian Rush was to give the Toffees a taste of just what would be in store for them over the coming decade, and more, by scoring four of Liverpool’s five goals in this extraordinary encounter at Goodison, and in the process becoming the only player from Anfield to have ever scored a hat-trick at the home of their fierce enemy.
1986: Everton 1-3 Liverpool
Liverpool had just pipped their city rivals to the league title the week before, and now on a glorious sunny day at Wembley Stadium, player-manager Kenny Dalglish inspired the Reds to an FA Cup triumph that saw the Merseysiders win the league and Cup double for the very first, and only, time in their history.
However, Dalglish and Co needed to recover from a 1-0 half-time deficit after Gary Lineker had opened the scoring, responding in style after the break thanks to a double from prolific striker Ian Rush.
1989: Everton 2-3 Liverpool
The ‘friendly final’, which took place just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, was a deeply emotional affair for everyone involved, as well as also being one of the great FA Cup finals too.
Liverpool led early on thanks to John Aldridge’s side-foot finish and appeared on course for a win in normal time, only for Stuart McCall to poke home a dramatic last-minute equaliser.
Extra time, however, was all about Everton’s nemesis, Ian Rush, with the substitute’s double, sandwiched in between yet another McCall strike, handing the Cup to the red half of Merseyside.
1991: Everton 4-4 Liverpool
Again, the two Merseyside giants squared up in the FA Cup, although this meeting in the fifth round took three encounters to settle, while it also resulted in Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish deciding to call it quits after the Scot had watched his side throw away the lead on four separate occasions during this second meeting at Goodison Park.
The Toffees eventually went through to the quarter-finals after edging out the Reds 1-0 at home in the second replay.
1999: Liverpool 3-2 Everton
This remarkable five-goal thriller will always be remembered more for Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler’s controversial grass-sniffing goal celebrations than any of the actual action on the field of play, with the England international being hit with a subsequent four-match ban by The Football Association for his antics.
For the record, Gerard Houllier’s side won thanks to a brace from bad-boy Fowler and a strike from Patrick Berger.
2000: Liverpool 0-0 Everton
OK, while the actual match was one of the more uneventful from this fixture’s long history, with chances few and far between in a tight contest, it will always be remembered for a bizarre ending to the contest which saw Everton wrongly have a winning goal chalked off by referee Graham Poll after Reds keeper Sander Westerveldt’s attempted clearance had hit the back of Don Hutchinson and ended up in the net.
The man in the middle controversially claimed that he had already blown the full-time whistle, although Poll later admitted in his autobiography that he made a mistake and the goal should have stood.
2001: Everton 2-3 Liverpool
Where to start exactly with this epic five-goal thriller that also included a missed spot kick from Robbie Fowler, a sending-off, 12 bookings and with the scores locked at 2-2 entering the final minute, a winning goal from veteran Scottish midfield player Gary McAllister via a long-range free kick which brought Liverpool their first win at Goodison for a decade.
2006: Everton 3-0 Liverpool
The Toffees recorded their biggest win over their fierce rivals for 42 years, and just their second in their previous 14 meetings, courtsey of this thumping victory at Goodison Park, secured thanks to a brace either side of the interval from front man Andy Johnson, with Australia international midfield player Tim Cahill grabbing the home side’s other goal in what was a memorable victory for Everton.
2009: Everton 1-0 Liverpool
This FA Cup fourth-round replay will not live long in the memory as Everton beat 10-man Liverpool through Dan Gosling’s 118th-minute winner, but what will always be remembered is that host broadcaster ITV opted to take a TV advert break by accident right before the decisive match-winning moment!
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2011: Everton 0-2 Liverpool
Referee Martin Atkinson was lucky to escape in tact following this fiery and controversial encounter after the man in the middle had wrongly decided to show young Everton midfield player Jack Rodwell an automatic red card for what was a perfectly good challenge on Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.
However, despite missing a spot kick just before the break when Tim Howard produced a brilliant save to keep out Netherlands front man Dirk Kuyt’s penalty, Kenny Dalglish’s visitors still went back across Stanley Park with all three points following second-half strikes from Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.