Kenny Dalglish, Jan Molby and Ronnie Whelan congratulate Ian Rush (second l) on one of his two goals vs. Everton in FA Cup Final 1986 (Picture by Peter Robinson EMPICS Sport)

FA Cup delight, Fowler’s mischief & Dalglish’s resignation – 6 historic Merseyside derby clashes

Liverpool host Everton in the 229th Merseyside derby on Sunday, with Anfield hoping to play host to another memorable meeting of the two rivals.

Here, Press Association Sport look at some classic Merseyside derbies from the past.

Liverpool 3-2 Everton, 1999

A match memorable as much for the on-field antics of Robbie Fowler as the game itself.

Olivier Dacourt stunned Anfield with a goal after just 41 seconds but Fowler restored parity with a 15th-minute penalty.

However, his controversial celebration—pretending to sniff the byline in front of the away end in response to taunts—provoked a hostile response from visiting fans and ultimately landed the striker with a four-match ban.

Fowler added a second shortly afterwards and Patrik Berger’s 20-yard volley made it 3-1 with eight minutes to go but Francis Jeffers’ strike set up a frantic finish.


Everton 4-4 Liverpool, 1991

Press Conference - Kenny Dalglish

One of the most dramatic derbies of all time was an FA Cup fifth-round replay at Goodison Park.

The first match had been goalless but the second could not have been more different.

Three times Liverpool took the lead in normal time, twice through Peter Beardsley and once through Ian Rush, but two from Graeme Sharp and one from Tony Cottee saw the hosts equalise each time.

John Barnes put Liverpool ahead again in extra-time but once more Cottee levelled.

It was to prove Kenny Dalglish‘s final match in his first spell as manager, the Scot telling the club of his intention to leave the following day.

Everton won the second replay 1-0.


Liverpool 3-2 Everton, 1989

The all-Merseyside FA Cup final was played out against the backdrop of the Hillsborough disaster just weeks before.

John Aldridge’s early opener was cancelled out by Stuart McCall in stoppage time, with the Toffees midfielder levelling again when Rush came off the bench to score in extra-time.

However, the Reds striker was not to be denied and hit the winner.


Liverpool 3-1 Everton, 1986

The first all-Merseyside FA Cup final, between arguably England’s top two clubs at the time, was slightly more one-sided than the one which followed three years later.

Gary Lineker gave the Blues a first-half lead but the game turned in six minutes after the break as Ian Rush and Craig Johnston both scored.

Rush added his second late on to secure their first FA Cup for 12 years.


Liverpool 3-2 Everton, 1970

John Toshack, Liverpool (Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport)

A match memorable for its second-half fireworks with all five goals scored in the final 34 minutes.

The visitors went ahead through Alan Whittle barely 10 minutes after the interval and when Joe Royle doubled their lead just past the hour it seemed the points were heading back across Stanley Park.

However, Steve Heighway crucially pulled one back just six minutes after Everton‘s second.

The winger then crossed for John Toshack, signed from Cardiff 10 days previously, to head home his first goal for the club with Chris Lawler completing the turnaround six minutes from the end.


Liverpool 7-4 Everton, 1933

The highest-scoring Merseyside derby in its long history.

Harold Barton scored a hat-trick as the Reds ran riot, with Alf Hanson, Tom Morrison, Harrold Taylor and Syd Roberts also on target for Liverpool.

Meanwhile Dixie Dean grabbed a double for the visitors, alongside strikes from Tommy Johnson and Jimmy Stein.

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