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  • 5 counts down some of the most memorable matches between Everton and Liverpool

Bragging rights will be up for grabs again on Saturday as Liverpool and Everton do battle in the 216th Merseyside derby. Both sides have made promising starts to the season but this is undoubtedly their biggest game to date and history suggests it should be a cracker. The teams have played out some classic encounters over the years and here counts down ten of the most memorable since the Premier League began.

Everton 2 Liverpool 0 - 1994/5

Joe Royle inherited an Everton team bottom of the table in November 1994 but made a dream start to his reign with a fully-deserved victory that proved to be a real turning point in their season. Duncan Ferguson scored his first goal for the club which not surprisingly was a header, to set the Toffees on their way to success. Paul Rideout slotted home a second just to make sure and Royle's side went on to not only avoid relegation but also win the FA Cup.

Liverpool 3 Everton 2 - 1998/9

A series of draws and the odd Everton victory meant that Liverpool had not won a derby in more than five years by the time they welcomed their rivals to Anfield in the spring of 1999. But Gerard Houllier's men put that right after coming from behind to edge a five-goal cracker. The defining image was Robbie Fowler's goal-line sniffing celebration of a penalty, with the Liverpool striker scoring twice and Patrik Berger also finding the target after Olivier Dacourt's spectacular first-minute opener for Everton. Francis Jeffers also netted what proved to be a late consolation.

Liverpool 0 Everton 1 - 1999/0

Everton have not won at Anfield since this day in 1999, when Kevin Campbell scored the decisive goal and three players were sent off. Campbell's special moment arrived after just four minutes and the Reds were not able to respond. The frustration eventually boiled over deep into the second half as goalkeeper Sander Westerveld scuffled with Francis Jeffers and both were given their marching orders, with a young Steven Gerrard also seeing red late on.

Everton 0 Liverpool 0 - 1999/0

This game may have ended in stalemate but what it lacked in goals it made up for in drama as Everton were denied a double by Graham Poll's controversial refereeing decision. The official blew his whistle for full-time just before the ball trickled over the line after Westerveld's free-kick had ricocheted back off a retreating Don Hutchison. Poll later claimed that Hutchison had not been ten yards away, but his explanation failed to placate Everton's disgruntled supporters.

Everton 2 Liverpool 3 - 2000/1

Gary McAllister proved to be Liverpool's hero with a stunning last-gasp goal. Stepping up for a free-kick 40 yards out that was just off central, the Scot was expected to float in a cross to the far post and goalkeeper Paul Gerrard had positioned himself accordingly. But McAllister spotted a chance to go for goal on the other side and executed his plan to perfection. The rest of the game had not been bad either, with Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth scoring for Everton and Emile Heskey and Marcus Babbel for Liverpool, who also had Igor Biscan sent off.

Liverpool 3 Everton 1 - 2005/6

Steven Gerrard, having been sent off against Everton earlier in his career, lasted less than 20 minutes in this derby before being dismissed for two bookable offences. Rafa Benitez's side were gifted a lead by a Phil Neville own goal on the stroke of half-time and Luis Garcia then doubled their advantage moments after the restart. Tim Cahill reduced Everton's arrears but Andy van der Meyde then received a red card to level it up again at ten men apiece and Harry Kewell wrapped up the points for Liverpool.

Everton 3 Liverpool 0 - 2006/7

The Toffees were flying high at the start of the season and were on cloud nine after this emphatic victory over their local rivals. Tim Cahill broke the deadlock before new signing Andrew Johnson made it 2-0 before half-time. Liverpool fought hard after the break to try and get into the match but to no avail, and Everton had one final goal to savour when Pepe Reina first fumbled Lee Carsley's shot and then handed Johnson the chance to head home a third from close range.

Everton 1 Liverpool 2 - 2007/8

A game full of incident and controversy started with Everton taking the lead courtesy of a Sami Hyypia own goal. Dirk Kuyt equalised from the penalty spot after Tony Hibbert had been sent off for bringing down Steven Gerrard, and the Dutchman then scored a second spot-kick following a deliberate Phil Neville handball on the goal-line. The Toffees were then furious that a penalty appeal of their own was turned down in stoppage time when Jamie Carragher dragged down Joleon Lescott.

Liverpool 1 Everton 0 - 2009/10

A fiery derby was settled by Dirk Kuyt's header in a match which ended with ten men on each side. Sotirios Kyrgiakos was the first to go following a crunching challenge with Marouane Fellaini, who was perhaps fortunate not to get sent off himself, but was unable to continue due to injury. Everton could not make the most of the numerical advantage they enjoyed for most of the match and Steven Pienaar was then dismissed for a second bookable offence late on.

Liverpool 2 Everton 2 - 2010/11

Liverpool and Everton played out a pulsating encounter once again last season as Kenny Dalglish took charge of his first game back at Anfield. It was all set up for a Reds fairytale as Raul Meireles crashed home the opener just before the half-hour mark, but the game was turned on its head soon after the restart. Sylvain Distin nodded in a leveller and Jermaine Beckford slotted home six minutes later to send Toffees fans into dreamland, only for Liverpool to have the last laugh as a penalty from Dirk Kuyt ensured the Merseyside spoils were shared.

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