A derby match in football is a rivalry which evokes emotions like none other in the beautiful game. The pre-match comments are nasty at times; the match is full of flying tackles, abuses from fans, bust-ups in the dugouts and everything which highlights the raw nature of the game of football. This weekend is full of derby matches right across the football world and a certain Merseyside derby holds its importance in the folklore of both set of fans from Liverpool and Everton. It is one of the most explosive and ill disciplined of the derby ties but it surely has its share of moments too which have stayed on with us. Let’s look at our top five moments from the Merseyside derby.
David Moyes was spot on about Suarez and his diving skills (2012)!
As expected in a pre-match interview David Moyes tried to pile on pressure on Liverpool Star Player Luis Suarez by accusing him of diving to get decisions in his favor. However he didn’t expect that Luis Suarez will reply to his remark in his unique style, as soon as the Uruguayan scored he ran the length of the pitch to dive seamlessly in front of the Everton boss. If that was not humiliating enough for Moyes, Everton player Phil Neville was booked later in the game for diving.
Gerrard’s Hat Trick, first in 77 years at Anfield in a Merseyside derby (2012)!
Steven Gerrard will be irreplaceable once he bids goodbye to his glittering career at Liverpool FC. His performances in big games have helped him in acquiring a legendary status in Liverpool. In the 2011-12 campaign, and on David Moyes’ 10th anniversary as the Everton Boss, Stevie G scored a hat trick to ruin the celebrations for Everton’s Boss; in the process he also became the first player in 77 years to score a hat trick in Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Goslings most important goal of his life was missed by millions (2009)!
Dan Gosling played for Everton for two seasons during 2008-10 and probably scored the most important goal of his life till-date. His goal sent Liverpool tumbling out of the FA Cup in 2009, however the goal was missed by millions of viewers globally as the there was a technical snag from the TV Production team, nonetheless Gosling brief career as an Everton player achieved a highlight, which every Everton football player dreams of replicating.
19 Year old Gerrard saved the day (1999)!
With a handful of appearances behind this player, Gerrard Houlier showed faith and gave a 19 year old boy his chance in one of the most dreaded rivalries in English football. Stevan Gerrard entered the tie at 2-1 and it quickly went on to 3-2 in Liverpool’s favor. With the pressure mounting up on Liverpool, with Everton’s continuous attacks, Gerrard made two remarkable goal line clearances and showed glimpses of the potential he possessed even at a young age. Liverpool did hold on to their lead and the rest as they say is history.
Ian scoring GOALS in a Rush (1982)!
One of the best players to have graced English Football, Ian Rush is still revered at Anfield. He has been the most prolific goal scorer for Liverpool and has amassed a tally of goals which no one is close to even challenging even in the next decade or so. He scored 4 goals against Everton in the Merseyside derby, a feat which is yet to be matched.
As Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park we are assured it will be a highly volatile tie and a great spectacle for the football audience around the world.
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