Everton’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield may not be remembered by too many football fans, but it was an extraordinary match.
Not only was it the last time Everton won at the home of their local rivals, there were also three red cards shown.
Kevin Campbell scored an early goal to give the Toffees a lead which they held onto, but that didn’t tell the full story.
In the second-half, Sander Westerveld and Francis Jeffers inexplicably started punching each other, with them both picking up a red card for their actions.
But that wasn’t the end of the controversy.
Late on, a 19-year-old Steven Gerrard produced a horror tackle on Campbell, leaving Mike Riley very little alternative but to send him off.
Liverpool 0-1 Everton
Take a look at the highlights of the crazy match below:
When Gerrard met Campbell after the match
Unfortunately for Gerrard, seeing Campbell crumpled on the floor wasn’t the last time he’d see the Everton striker that night.
A few years later, the former Liverpool skipper recalled the story of what happened following the game.
"I had a gut-wrenching pain in my stomach after that defeat," Gerrard reflected. "It took a long time to go. We’d lost, I’d been sent off but I’d booked a meal at the Albert Dock for afterwards, thinking we were going to win. I really didn’t want to go but I don’t like letting people down.
"So I went with a face on me and the first person I bumped into in the toilet was Kevin Campbell! He dropped his keks and showed me the stud marks I’d left on his thigh.
"When you’re 19 and there’s a man-mountain stood in front of you with a cob on there’s only one thing you can do. So I apologised for the tackle and shook his hand. That’s the message for our young lads going into the derby — it doesn’t do you any good to get too fired up."
Eighteen years later and Everton haven’t won at Anfield since.
However, Ronald Koeman’s side will travel across Stanley Park with a lot of confidence of making history. The Toffees have lost just once in the league since Sadio Mane’s injury time strike saw Liverpool triumph 1-0 at Goodison Park back in December.
While there’s certainly no place for tackles like Gerrard’s in football, Koeman will be hoping his players get stuck in to Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday lunchtime as they look to keep their hopes of finishing in the top four alive.News Now - Sport News