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Liverpool - Everton 2000-2009

AS we await the first Merseyside derby of the new decade, Evertonians will be hoping for a little more luck over their city neighbours than the previous 10 years.

The fact that success wasn’t just confined to the derby made the decade even harder to bear for Evertonians.

Four top six finishes in the last five years underlines the progress made under Moyes’ stewardship and, with European football an annual event these days, Everton are in better health now than at the end of the 90s.

In terms of material success though, Liverpool again had the upperhand picking up six major trophies, plus two European Super Cups and a couple of Community Shields.

It’s a sobering thought for Blues supporters who will probably be glad to see the start of a new decade.

And yet it was a totally different story as we headed out of the nineties.

With Liverpool failing to beat Joe Royle’s Everton between 1994 and 1997, the Toffees continued to hold an Indian sign over the Anfield club, who had to wait until spring 1999 for a first derby win in five years.

However, following a goalless draw in the first meeting of the new millennium a shift in power soon emerged as Gerard Houllier’s Liverpool began to turn the screw.

There was Nick Barmby’s goal in a 3-1 win over his former employers and then Gary McAllister’s late, late winner that was credited as the catalyst for Liverpool’s incredible treble winning campaign.

McAllister’s audacious 44-yard freekick guaranteed him hero status on the Kop while handing Liverpool a first victory at Goodison since 1990.

With all of this came the rise of a young lad from Huyton who was steeped in derby tradition.

Steven Gerrard would quite literally stamp his authority on the derby – ask Gary Naysmith and Kevin Kilbane – to become its most prolific marksman of the decade with five goals, the first of which was a stunning strike in a 3-1 win at Goodison.

Meanwhile Tim Cahill is now breathing down his neck with four derby goals.

Both Cahill and Gerrard know a thing or two about the good, the bad and the ugly of these typically feisty battles.

Twelve red cards - plus one in the FA Cup - over the last 10 years have confirmed the fixture as the most volatile in Premier League history.

The 2005/06 campaign alone produced 17 bookings and four dismissals in just two games.

With the thrills and spills of one of the most fiercely contested matches on the planet likely to continue throughout the coming decade, perhaps they should apply a health warning.

Nov 29, 2009: Everton 0-2 Liverpool- Scorers: Yobo og & Kuyt (Liverpool)

The last derby of the decade saw Liverpool slip across Stanley Park to pick Everton’s pockets. A wicked deflection from Javier Mascherano’s shot off Joseph Yobo for the first was added to by Dirk Kuyt, but only after the Blues missed a host of chances to take at least a point.

Feb 4, 2009: FA Cup 4th Rd replay - Everton 1-0 Liverpool AET- Scorers: Gosling (Eve) Sent off: Lucas (Liv)

Hardly a classic, this derby will be remembered for its Roy of the Rovers finish. Liverpool, depleted after losing Steven Gerrard through injury and then Lucas for a second bookable offence, were finally put out of their misery when teenage sub Dan Gosling settled it with just two minutes of extra-time remaining.

Jan 25, 2009: FA Cup 4th Rd - Liverpool 1-1 Everton -Scorers: Gerrard (Liv) Lescott (Eve)

Liverpool failed to learn from their mistakes against Everton six days earlier. Once again, Tim Cahill made the most of the Reds’ generosity inside the penalty area, this time flicking a header for Joleon Lescott to finish. Steven Gerrard spared Liverpool’s blushes to force a replay.

Jan 19, 2009: Liverpool 1-1 Everton- Scorers: Gerrard (Liv) Cahill (Eve)

Tim Cahill went from villain to hero. Given his marching orders in the previous derby, the Australian’s late header cancelled out Steven Gerrard’s opener while also preventing Liverpool from reclaiming their place at the summit of the table.

Sep 27, 2008: Everton 0-2 Liverpool- Scorers: Torres (2) (Liv) Sent off: Cahill (Eve)

Tim Cahill saw red for a rash challenge on Xabi Alonso but it was Fernando Torres who had the greatest impact on the game. A matchwinning double inside three second half minutes meant Liverpool had a new derby hero.

Mar 30, 2008: Liverpool 1-0 Everton- Scorers: Torres.

It was a day of records for Liverpool. Fernando Torres’ first derby goal was Liverpool’s 100th of the season as the Spanish striker equalled a club record of scoring in six consecutive top-flight games. At the other end, Pepe Reina’s 100th league game yielded a 54th clean sheet, usurping Ray Clemence’s 53 in 100 games.

Oct 20, 2007: Everton 1-2 Liverpool- Hyypia og (Eve) Kuyt (2) (Liv) Sent off: Hibbert & Neville (Eve)

Phil Neville’s Merseyside derby nightmare continued with another red card after Tony Hibbert had already been sent off. Evertonian’s wondered how Jamie Carragher survived a late grab on Joleon Lescott while Dirk Kuyt was handed just a yellow for a lunge at Neville. Kuyt’s matchwinning double from the penalty spot made defeat all the more galling for the Blues.

Feb 3, 2007: Liverpool 0-0 Everton

Rafa Benitez divided a city when he described Everton as a ‘small club’ prior to the 205th derby. That was about as exciting as it got; the on-field fare falling short of the pre-match hype.

Sep 9, 2006: Everton 3-0 Liverpool - Scorers: Cahill & Johnson(2) (Eve)

Tim Cahill grabbed a third goal in as many derbies but it was Andy Johnson who stole the headlines. Johnson was a thorn in Liverpool’s side, accelerating past Jamie Carragher for his first before bundling the ball over the line following a Pepe Reina error in the dying moments.

Mar 25, 2006: Liverpool 3-1 Everton- Scorers: Neville og, Luis Garcia & Kewell (Liv) Cahill (Eve) Sent off: Gerrard (Liv) Van der Meyde (Eve)

Another Merseyside derby, another couple of red cards. This time the protagonists were Steven Gerrard and Andy van der Meyde. Nine more yellow cards suggest it wasn’t for the faint- hearted as it became 17 bookings and four dismissals in just two meetings this season.

Dec 28, 2005: Everton 1-3 Liverpool- Scorers: Beattie (Eve) Crouch, Gerrard & Cissé (Liv) Sent off: Arteta & Neville (Eve)

While Everton could do little to prevent Liverpool extending a winning run to nine games, the Blues at least became the first team to breach Pepe Reina’s goal in two months. Referee Graham Poll left his mark on another derby when he sent off both Phil Neville and Mikel Arteta.

Mar 25, 2006: Liverpool 3-1 Everton- Scorers: Neville og, Luis Garcia & Kewell (Liv) Cahill (Eve) Sent off: Gerrard (Liv) Van der Meyde (Eve)

Another Merseyside derby, another couple of red cards. This time the protagonists were Steven Gerrard and Andy van der Meyde. Nine more yellow cards suggest it wasn’t for the faint- hearted as it became 17 bookings and four dismissals in just two meetings this season.

Dec 28, 2005: Everton 1-3 Liverpool- Scorers: Beattie (Eve) Crouch, Gerrard & Cissé (Liv) Sent off: Arteta & Neville (Eve)

While Everton could do little to prevent Liverpool extending a winning run to nine games, the Blues at least became the first team to breach Pepe Reina’s goal in two months. Referee Graham Poll left his mark on another derby when he sent off both Phil Neville and Mikel Arteta.

Mar 20, 2005: Liverpool 2-1 Everton- Scorers: Gerrard & Luis Garcia (Liv) Cahill (Eve) Sent off: Baros (Liv)

A bruising encounter saw Benitez forced into making all three of his substitutions before half-time. But it was only after Milan Baros’ 77th minute sending off for a late challenge on Alan Stubbs that Everton pulled one back through Tim Cahill.

Dec 11, 2004: Everton 1-0 Liverpool-Scorers: Carsley

Rafa Benitez rang the changes for his first Merseyside derby – the 200th between the clubs - coming just days after the energy-sapping Champions League win over Olympiakos. Still, there can be no half measures in these affairs and the Reds were found wanting. Lee Carsley’s second half goal settled it.

Jan 31, 2004: Liverpool 0-0 Everton

How it remained goalless was a mystery. Both goalkeepers stayed busy but it was Everton’s Nigel Martyn who truly excelled. The 37-year-old pulled off a couple of fantastic saves to deny Steven Gerrard and Dietmar Hamann.

Aug 30, 2003: Everton 0-3 Liverpool- Scorers: Owen(2) & Kewell (Liverpool)

Harry Kewell’s first Liverpool goal sealed the Reds’ biggest derby win since 1986. Had Wayne Rooney not been thwarted by Jerzy Dudek immediately after both of Michael Owen’s goals, things could have been very different.

Apr 19, 2003: Everton 1-2 Liverpool- Scorers: Unsworth (Eve) Owen & Murphy (Liv) Sent off: Weir & Naysmith (Eve)

The fight for Champions League qualification became the battle of Goodison Park when both David Weir and Gary Naysmith were given their marching orders, helping Liverpool leapfrog the Toffees into fifth place.

Dec 22, 2002: Liverpool 0-0 Everton

Referee Graham Poll was the only person inside Anfield to miss Steven Gerrard’s horror tackle on Gary Naysmith. Despite the Liverpool player’s apology he was handed a three-match ban when the FA looked at the incident again.

Feb 23, 2002: Liverpool 1-1 Everton- Scorers: Anelka (Liv) Radzinski (Eve)

It’s a cliche but form went out of the window for this derby. With Everton fighting relegation, and Liverpool chasing league leaders Manchester United, it took loan signing Nicolas Anelka’s first goal for the Reds to cancel out Tomasz Radzinksi’s opener.

Sep 15, 2001: Everton 1-3 Liverpool- Scorers: Campbell (Eve) Gerrard, Owen, Riise (Liv)

This turned out to be a stroll at Goodison Park for Liverpool when Walter Smith’s team failed to turn up. Steven Gerrard announced his arrival with a stirring man-of-the-match performance marked by a stunning goal.

Apr 16, 2001: Everton 2-3 Liverpool- Scorers: Ferguson & Unsworth (Eve) Heskey, Babel & McAllister (Liv) Sent off: Biscan (Liv)

Gary McAllister’s late, late winner was credited as the catalyst for Liverpool’s incredible treble winning campaign. McAllister’s audacious 44-yard freekick guaranteed him hero status on the Kop while handing Liverpool a first win at Goodison since 1990.

Oct 29 2001: Liverpool 3-1 Everton- Scorers: Barmby, Heskey & Berger (Liv) Campbell (Eve) Sent off: Gravesen (Eve)

Nick Barmby required a police escort after scoring against his former employers for their fierce rivals whom he had joined a few months earlier. It was bound to happen wasn’t it?

Apr 21 2000: Liverpool 0-0 Everton.

Controversy reigned when referee Graham Poll disallowed Don Hutchison’s goal in time added on.

“A minimum of two minutes time” had been added on, but only 90 seconds had elapsed when Reds keeper Sander Westerveld somehow struck the ball off Hutchison’s back and into his own net!

Referee Poll naively thought he would avoid controversy by blowing for time!

In a curious twist Westerveld would later play for Everton, while Hutchison had previously played for the Reds.

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