Liverpool vs Everton was historically labelled the ‘friendly derby’ but there is still plenty of animosity between the red and blue halves of the city… as Jamie Redknapp found out.
With many families in the city having supporters from both teams it has often been a good natured rivalry – which will be resumed on Saturday, live on talkSPORT.
Cameras will often spot the odd Liverpool shirt in a sea of blue at Goodison Park and vice versa at Anfield – back when supporters were allowed in stadiums.
The rivalry on the pitch has often been fierce with Liverpool hero Bill Shankly famously saying he woudl close his curtains if Everton were playing at the bottom of his garden.
Any stick given out is largely good natured but Redknapp fell victim Toffees fans’ abuse as he was pelted with meat pies while trying to watch a game.
He joined the Reds as a 17-year-old and became a fan favourite at Anfield.
Despite being an up-and-coming player at the time, Redknapp learned at his cost at how deep the rivalry ran.
“When I was a Bournemouth player, I’d gone to see Southampton without any issues,” Redknapp told FourFourTwo . “So, I thought as a young Liverpool player I could go and see Everton, too. Big mistake.
“I wore a baseball cap and hoped no one would spot me in the Goodison Road stand, but after 10 minutes I was hit on the head with a meat pie and someone yelled, ‘F*** off Redknapp.’
“To be honest, it was a fantastic shot – what precision, right on the side of the head! I got hit by another pie a few minutes later, so just had to sit there drenched in gravy and meat. We left at half-time.”
The two teams will lock horns once again on Saturday at 5.30pm with commentary of the match live on talkSPORT.
There will again be no fans in the stadium, so it will not be the typical derby that we are used to seeing in the city of Liverpool.
p class=”p1″>The battle for bragging rights will be watched on TVs at home with just one place, and three points, separating the two sides.
On the pitch, there are plenty of hostilities with 22 sending offs in Premier League matches between Liverpool and Everton, the most in Premier League history.
The Merseyside derby has not been a happy hunting ground for the Toffees in recent years either.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 meetings with Everton in all competitions (W11 D12), their longest unbeaten run against an opponent in their history.
Everton haven’t won any of their last 20 Premier League away games against Liverpool (D9 L11), last winning at Anfield in September 1999 thanks to a Kevin Campbell goal.