Heart Of Football

No love lost in the father of all derbies

We should begin at the beginning. None of us are old enough to go back 125 years to the first Merseyside derby, but today's game at Goodison Park is like a potted history play on all those decades, all that delirium, all the outrageous swings of emotion that fall not very far short of hysteria.

Everton v Liverpool, two clubs literally from the same formation in 1894, was the father of all derbies around the world. And, like their last meeting, won by a bizarre goal in the 96th minute, there is no love lost between the "brothers" on Merseyside.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'No love lost in the father of all derbies'. Print Edition | Subscribe