The 10 best Merseyside derbies ever: Toffees robbed, Stevie G sees red & Gary Mac's magic

Merseyside derby

Timothy Ellis picks out the best of Blues vs Reds

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10. Brainless Gerrard off but Liverpool dominate

Liverpool 3-1 Everton, March 2006

David Moyes struggled to beat Liverpool at the best of times, but twice failed to even get a draw when the opposition were reduced to 10 men. A psyched-up Steven Gerrard kicked the ball away and then scythed into Kevin Kilbane to earn two yellows within 40 seconds.

Everton had 72 minutes to make their advantage count but instead lost two crucial goals either side of half-time, one a delicious Luis Garcia chip, the other a Phil Neville own goal. Tim Cahill pulled one back but then Everton lost one of their own as Andy van der Meyde was carded for a stray elbow. A strangely fit Harry Kewell finished them off with a sweet strike, but Rafa Benitez wasn't best pleased with Stevie G. “We must learn, Steven and all the players, that you can play with the brain as well as the heart,” grumbled the Spaniard.

9. Rushie storms Goodison 

Everton 0-5 Liverpool, November 1982

The scoreline was emphatic and so was the performance as Ian Rush cashed in on some poor defensive organisation from the Toffees. The Welshman recalls: “I was helped the day I scored four by Everton playing the offside trap and not doing it very well.”

There were even more gaps for Rush to find after Blues defender Glenn Keeley was sent off after 20 minutes for bringing down Kenny Dalglish. Bob Paisley had taken Rush aside before the match to say that no one had scored a hat-trick in the derby for decades. Talk about taking a hint…

8. Everton's King for a Day

Everton 1-0 Liverpool, October 1978

It had been 15 matches and seven years since Everton had beaten their city neighbours when the teams strolled out on a sunny Autumnal day in 1978. Andy King may have been from Luton, but Everton adopted him as of their own when his 20-yard drive sped past Ray Clemence.

After the match had finished, the BBC’s Richard Duckenfield tried to conduct an interview which made it to the immortal words: “Andy King…..” before being interrupted by a zealous policeman who barked: “Can you get off the pitch?! Come on! Get off the pitch!” Everton were actually unbeaten for the first 19 games of that season but were unable to catch Bob Paisley’s runaway train of a team.

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