Liverpool have had some great memories against their Merseyside rivals Everton, but here’s my top five moments for The Reds.
From Gary McAllister’s winner in 2001, to Suarez ending Everton’s FA Cup dream.
5. The infamous Suarez dive
Luis Suarez’s dive celebration is as iconic as any in the history of the Premier League.
Ahead of the Merseyside derby back in October 2012, then Everton manager David Moyes accused Suarez of diving. Our Uruguayan striker responded in perfect fashion.
Suarez set up Liverpool’s opener, in the 2-2 draw, with his shot cannoning off Toffee’s defender Leighton Baines as an own goal-Liverpool’s former number 7 then theatrically dived infront of the home sides dug out prompting Moyes to leap out of his seat in rage.
Classic derby moment and not Suarez’s last on my list.
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4.Gerrard’s milestone Liverpool hat trick
Stevie G bagged a superb hat trick against Everton on his 400th Premier League game, epitomising the dream of every boyhood Liverpool fan.
His first was the best of the lot. Everton keeper Tim Howard parried the ball straight into the path of Gerrard, but despite having a sea of red and blue shirts in front of him, the skipper superbly curled it into the back of the net.
Luis Suarez assisted his former team mate with the other two goals that capped off one of Gerrard’s most memorable career hat tricks.
3.Suarez destroying Everton’s cup dream
This one might’ve evaded some fans, but for me watching it live it was sensational to watch.
Liverpool had gone a goal down after Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger caused their own havoc allowing Nikica Jelavic to score the opener of the semi final in the 2012 FA Cup.
However, Luis Suarez pounced on a terrible back pass by Toffee’s defender Sylvain Distin and it helped kick start the Liverpool comeback that took us to the final against Chelsea.
Once Suarez got one on one with Howard, you just knew the final was coming. Shear joy in Wembley, but the Evertonians dreams of reaching the final were shattered.
2.Super Gary Mac
What’s the best way to win the Merseyside derby? Well I’m sure if you asked Gary McAllister, he’ll tell you a 44-yard freekick isn’t a bad way to steal the win.
In April 2001, Liverpool had took the lead twice through Emile Heskey and Markus Babbel, but both times the home side drew level at Goodison Park.
Robbie Fowler missed a penalty, then Croatian Igor Bišćan was sent off for the Reds and it seemed Everton would walk away with a point-no chance said McAllister.
In the 93rd minute, the 35-year old had a freekick from 44 yards out. Everything was screaming a long ball to target man Heskey. He was ordering where the big man should go in the box, but then out of no where he fizzed the ball into the far corner of the net.
The Everton keeper was scrambling to reach the ball, but he failed and the Liverpool fans and dugout erupted in ecstasy.
McAllister secured the three points and his name in Liverpool’s history books.
1.Pickford’s Anfield Blunder Leads to Liverpool Win
The most recent of my top five Merseyside moments, but wow what a moment it was.
4th December 2019, it’s a cold Anfield where the scoreline has remained 0-0 for 96 minutes.
Liverpool were getting desperate, with Virgil van Dijk seemingly wasting the games final chance to steal the victory. His looping shot seemed to take an eternity to come down, but when it did the Nike ball crashed onto the top of the cross bar and into the lap of the Belgium forward.
Pickford had hand wrapped the three points for Liverpool. Instead of letting the ball go out for a corner, England’s number one tried keeping it in and in doing so fumbled it onto the bar.
With the Everton keeper flapping to prevent the certainty from happening, Origi tapped in the winner and added another G.O.A.T moment to his name.
Elation was an understatement. Anfield had erupted so much so Jurgen Klopp ran onto the pitch to celebrate with keeper Allison.
Phenomenal moment that helped us chase Manchester City down to the final minute of the 2018/19 season, but it gave Liverpool fans one of the greatest moments you could ever ask for. As my Dad said, “you just couldn’t write it.”
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