Steven Gerrard returns with his Aston Villa side to Merseyside on Saturday lunchtime when he’ll be greeted by Everton legend Duncan Ferguson champing at the bit to get his second caretaker spell in charge of the Toffees off to a flying start.
Before the two Merseyside legends renew their rivalry, we took a look back at their previous meetings. It doesn’t bode well for Big Dunc…
1998/99: Liverpool 4-2 Newcastle
Gerrard’s first meeting with Big Dunc began on the bench, where Ferguson’s afternoon ended. Gerrard’s entrance on 25 minutes came just before Nobby Solano gave Newcastle a lead, which Ferguson’s 50th-minute replacement Andreas Andersson doubled six minutes after coming on.
But then Newcastle caved, conceding four in the last quarter of the game to 10-man Liverpool, with Michael Owen and Karl-Heinz Riedle grabbing a brace each.
1999/00: Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool 90
Big Dunc bagged on Boxing Day to deny Liverpool a come-from-behind win, with Owen’s double – each goal aided by some awful defending – split over either half after Alan Shearer had given the Toon an early lead.
Just as Newcastle threatened to fold again, Ferguson thundered in a header to earn Sir Bobby Robson’s men a point.
1999/00: Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle
Gerrard gave way in the 78th minute with the scores at 1-1. Kop legend Titi Camara handed Liverpool a lead, assisted by Gerrard, which was cancelled out by Shearer. Jamie Redknapp replaced Gerrard and it was the midfielder who downed the Magpies with an 88th-minute winner.
2001/02 Everton 1-3 Liverpool
Big Dunc assisted Kevin Campbell for an early opener in the Merseyside derby, but then Liverpool took over.
Gerrard tw*tted in an equaliser before David Unsworth careered into Emile Heskey to allow Owen a goal from the spot. Then John Arne Riise scored his first Premier League goal in his first derby with a mazy dribble and tidy finish.
2002/03: Everton 1-2 Liverpool
Ferguson found himself on the bench, replaced by Wayne Rooney, and by the time he got on with a quarter of the game to go, Everton were 2-1 down thanks to Owen and Danny Murphy. They also finished the game two men down after late red cards for David Weir and Gary Naysmith, each for a couple of bookings with Gerrard fouled once a piece.
2003/04: Everton 0-3 Liverpool
Gerrard was quieter in this one but Liverpool barely needed him as Owen’s brace and Harry Kewell’s first Liverpool goal gave the Reds a comfortable early-season win at Goodison. Ferguson replaced Tobias Linderoth and, looking for his first Premier League goal in 16 months, the Scot curled a free-kick against the underside of the bar before Kewell made the game safe.
2003/04: Liverpool 0-0 Everton
Liverpool evened up the teams by starting Bruno Cheyrou and ‘The Next Zidane’ Anthony Le Tallec and Everton were content with a point after a second-half barrage from the Reds, with Gerrard at the heart of everything good from Liverpool. He had to be…
2004/05: Everton 1-0 Liverpool
Ferguson featured for only the final 14 minutes of his soltiary win over Gerrard, with Lee Carsley’s second-half winner settling the 200th Merseyside derby. The win took Everton up to second in the Premier League, 12 points clear of Liverpool.
2004/05: Liverpool 2-1 Everton
Ferguson came off the bench for the last 35 minutes with Everton 2-0 down thanks to Gerrard and Luis Garcia, and though the Everton sub set up Tim Cahill to pull one back late on, Liverpool, down to 10 men after Milan Baros was sent off, held on to close the gap to four points.
Everton would eventually finish in fourth, three points above Liverpool, but the Reds ruined it all by winning the European Cup.