When Everton last beat Liverpool at Anfield – A fight on the pitch, Steven Gerrard sent off, and a shocking Michael Owen tackle

4 Dec

All 20 Premier League teams are in action this midweek with Liverpool vs Everton one of the standout midweek clashes.

Liverpool are usually the favourites to beat their local rivals and very few would bet against them getting the three points in the 234th Merseyside Derby.

High-flying Liverpool are heavy favourites to beat lowly Everton
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The Reds have won 13 of their 14 Premier League games this term, while the Toffees are just two points above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, the Premier League leaders have home advantage and also have an extra day’s preparation as they played Brighton on Saturday while their rivals faced Leicester on Sunday.

Everton also have a dreadful record against Liverpool in recent seasons and have not beaten them since October 2010.

They have not won at Anfield, where they are playing on Wednesday night, since September 1999.

Can Everton do what no Toffees team has done in 20 years on Wednesday night?
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A lot has happened in the two decades since Everton last tasted victory at Liverpool’s home and talkSPORT.com has taken a trip down memory lane to look back at that game and what else was going on in the world at the time.

The match – Liverpool 0-1 Everton

Like many derbies are, this game will be remembered for how bad-tempered it was.

Three players were sent off with Reds goalkeeper Sander Westerveld and Toffees striker Francis Jeffers both red carded for fighting in the 74th minute.

A youthful Steven Gerrard was dismissed for an awful lunge on Kevin Campbell in the 90th minute as Liverpool chased an equaliser.

Michael Owen was perhaps fortunate to escape a red card for a similar challenge on David Weir in the first half, while Steve Staunton actually ended up in goal for Liverpool after Westerweld’s sending off.

A scuffle between Westerweld and Jeffers spilled over and both players were sent off
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Gerrard was also shown the red card
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Perhaps Liverpool were lucky not to finish with 8 men
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It was Campbell who got the winning goal with four minutes on the clock.

The striker latched on to Jeffers’ through ball following slack defending by Liverpool before firing the ball in.

Everton have not won at Anfield in 20 years
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It was the last time the Merseysiders faced each other in the 90s – a decade which saw Liverpool fail to win in nine matches between November 1994-October 1998.

Everton have been to Anfield 21 times in all competitions since but have failed to win.

To give you an idea about just how long ago that was, below you can see a table of things that were going on in the world in September 1999.

What else was going on in the world in September 1999?

England manager: Kevin Keegan

UK prime minister: Tony Blair

UK No.1: Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65

Notable movies that were released: American Beauty, Breakfast of Champions

Big sports news:

  • Sir Bobby Robson is appointed Newcastle manager
  • USA beat Europe in the Ryder Cup’s ‘Battle of Brookline’

It’s time for Marco Silva’s team, who are totally bereft of confidence, to write their own history.

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