Merseyside Memories: 5 of the Best Liverpool vs Everton Derby Moments in History

The Merseyside derby - the longest running top-flight derby in England - has bore witness to many memorable moments over the years. 

What was once referred to as the 'friendly derby', has since turned into a fierce rivalry both on and off the field. Since the Premier Leagues inception, no other game has seen more red cards (21) than the game between the two inner-city rivals.

This fixture is always filled with anticipation as it usually produces a number of exciting and potentially controversial moments. 

Liverpool and Everton meet for the second time this season on Friday, as they prepare to battle it out for a place in the next round of the FA Cup. 

Below is a list of unforgettable moments from previous Merseyside derbies: 

5. Steven Gerrard: Hat-trick Hero

Steven Gerrard's 400th Premier League game couldn't have gone any better, as he managed to bag a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over the Toffees in 2012.

It was also the first hat-trick in a Merseyside derby since Ian Rush scored four in the Reds' 5-0 win at Goodison Park in 1982.

The pick of the goals was a terrific chipped effort over Tim Howard, after the American had initially blocked Martin Kelly's shot. 

It was also a game in which we saw Luis Suarez form a prolific partnership with the Liverpool skipper. The Uruguayan played a massive part in helping Gerrard's hat-trick, after putting two goals on a plate in front of the Kop to seal an unforgettable night for all Kopites.

4. Suarez’s Infamous Dive Celebration

The Merseyside clash that took place in October 2012 proved to be one of the most controversial games of the 2012/13 Premier League season. Before the match, then Everton boss David Moyes commented on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s diving antics.

This was most likely a reference to the same game a year earlier when former Everton man Jack Rodwell saw red following a tackle on Suarez; a tackle which the Uruguayan subsequently rile around in feigned agony from.

Suarez was more than aware of Moyes’ comments, and after he put Liverpool 2-0 up he ran straight over to the Scotsman and performed a pantomime dive right under his nose. Moyes saw the funny side of it as he grimaced on the touchline, watching on helplessly.     

3. Dan Gosling's Late Heroics

This was the unforgettable moment when all those watching the match on broadcaster ITV lost their pictures, just in time to miss Dan Gosling's goal in the 118th minute which ultimately knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

This may have been extremely frustrating at the time, but this mishap only added to the drama of the moment

As the pictures came back, viewers saw Gosling running around euphorically as he was swarmed by his Everton teammates. An extraordinary moment for a then promising young talent. 

2. Robbie Fowler 'Eats Grass'

The Everton supporters had taunted the striker, suggesting he'd been taking drugs before this encounter at Anfield in 1999.

After scoring his second goal of the derby Fowler decided to retaliate by running to the byline, and pretending to snort cocaine off one of the white lines on the turf.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier tried to sweep the incident under the carpet, famously claiming that Fowler was pretending to eat grass.

The ex-Liverpool forward was hit with a £32,000 fine and a four-game ban for his troubles. 

1. The 1989 FA Cup Final

The 1989 FA Cup final was when Merseyside united in the immediate aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy. 

Even 28-years on, this game is still widely regard to be one of the most memorable FA Cup games ever played.

After the Reds had won their rearranged 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, they went onto meet the Toffees in the final for the second time in four years.

The match itself was a thrilling contest that left both sides of the city proud and made an interesting spectacle for the neutrals. The game ended up going to extra-time and was won by substitute Ian Rush, as his goals gave Liverpool a 3-2 win on an unforgettable afternoon in Wembley Stadium.