The Merseyside derby is one of the most anticipated games in the English Football calendar. Liverpool and Everton are two of English footballs traditional and fiercest rivals and contest a fixture which has seen more red cards produced than any other in the Premier League era.

Ahead of this weekends clash, here we take a look at five classic Merseyside derby moments from years gone by...

5. Fowler sniffs goaline, 1999

After Everton fans had taunted Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler with chants in 1999, Fowler took it upon himself to seek a little wind up of his own. After scoring one of his two goals in a 3-2 victory for the Reds, Fowler proceeded to 'snort the touchline' in front of the Everton fans. Fowler was subsequently banned for six matches.

 4. Rush scores four at Goodison, 1982

Still sung about by the Anfield faithful to this day, record goal-scorer Ian Rush created history as he blasted four goals at the home of their local rivals as Liverpool romped to another title. Mark Lawrenson also scored as the Reds won 5-0 - the joint-highest margin of victory in the history of this fixture.

3. Gerrard nets derby hat-trick, 2012

A living legend to Liverpool supporters, in March 2012 local lad Steven Gerrard had a game that he - along with a further 45,000 packed inside of Anfield - would have dreamt about as a child. The Liverpool captain scored a quite brilliant hat-trick - including an audacious chip over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard - to inspire Liverpool to a 3-0 derby victory.

2. Merseyside FA Cup Final, 1989

In the immediate aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, the great Merseyside rivals would unite in an emotional FA Cup final. The atmosphere was special, with the whole of Merseyside united in showing their respect to those who had tragically passed just a month earlier. Liverpool ran out 3-2 winners after extra time in a fitting tribute.

1. McAllister Magic

A topsy-turvy derby clash at Goodison Park that seemed to have everything - four goals, a red card and a missed penalty before a moment that will live long in the memory of every Reds fan.

Deep into stoppage time - with the scores level at 2-2 - veteran Gary McAllister stood over a free-kick some 40-yards out with everyone in the ground expecting a routine cross. What followed was magic.

Tthe surprise of everyone, McAllister whipped the ball over the wall into the near corner, fooling Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard and sparking wild celebrations from the visitors. Liverpool would go on to win a FA, League and Uefa Cup treble in a memorable season for the Anfield side.

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