Liverpool and Everton will lock horns in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday, a fixture which is never short on controversy and entertainment. The Goodison Park encounter takes on greater significance with both sides struggling near the foot of the table following dismal starts to the season.
In preparation for the most explosive fixture in the Premier League calendar, Football FanCast brings you the top five Merseyside Derby moments below.
Robbie Fowler’s white line celebration- 1999
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler’s outrageous celebration against rivals Everton in 1999, after equalising from the penalty spot, is one of the most controversial Derby moments of all-time. Falsely accused by Everton fans of drug use, forward Fowler knelt down and used the white line of the penalty area to pretend to sniff cocaine.
Despite manager Gerard Houllier claiming it was an African grass-eating celebration he learnt from team-mate Rigobert Song, the ‘Toxteth Terror’ received a four-match ban for the incident.
The Milk Cup Final, 1984
The 1984 Milk Cup Final at Wembley saw thousands of Scousers descend upon Wembley as Liverpool secured their fourth consecutive Cup win. It was also the first every Derby final between the two sides.
Despite the first game remaining goalless, the 1984 final will be remembered as an occasion both Blue and Red fans from Merseyside joined together as one voice. Combined chants from both supporters went, “Merseyside, Merseyside” and “Are you watching Manchester?” The outcome of the tie was decided by a Graeme Souness goal in a replay at Maine Road three days later.
“The fans were marvellous,” Manchester chief constable James Anderton said. “They were a credit and a tremendous advertisement for the game.”
Gosling’s extra-time strike, 2009
Everton fans were in delirium when 19-year-old midfielder Dan Gosling sent Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup with a 118th-minute dramatic winner at Goodison Park in 2009.
In only his fifth appearance for the Blues, Gosling dispatched a wonderful shot past a stationary Pepe Reina to secure a 1-0 win for Everton in the FA Cup fourth round replay.
Watch the sensational strike below-
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FA Cup Final, 1986
With both sides competing in one of the closest title challenges ever seen in English football, the FA Cup final at the end of the 1985/86 season was one of the most eagerly anticipated Derbies of all-time.
Liverpool had leapfrogged their Blue rivals to the title in the last three games of the season and were looking for their first ever Double heading into the game at Wembley. Despite going 1-0 down to a Gary Lineker goal, the Reds produced a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 victory, after two goals from Ian Rush and one from Craig Johnston to lift the famous trophy.
Liverpool took the lead four times in this FA Cup 5th Round tie at Goodison and four times Everton levelled the scored despite being dominated for most of the match.
The match will always be remembered as Kop legend Kenny Dalglish’s last game in charge at the club, but will equally be remember for its end-to-end drama and unforgettable goals.
Everton 2 Liverpool 3 – 1989 F.A. Cup Final
This final was played in the shadow of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people lost their lives.
It was argued whether the final should go ahead in light of the tragic circumstances. In the end it was decided that the match was a unique chance for two sets of supporters from the same city to come together in support of each other.
There was a great sense of occasion as 80,000 fans sang a moving version of anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone before the game.
After Stuart McCall forced extra time with a last-minute equaliser, Liverpool triumphed 3-2 thanks to an extra-time winner from goal-scoring legend Ian Rush.