The Merseyside Derby is the name given to matches contested between Liverpool and their local rivals Everton. It is currently the longest running top flight derby, being contested since 1962 when Liverpool were promoted to the first division.
It is one of the only derbies that does not force fan separation. Because of this unique feature it is often referred to as the friendly derby.
Since the 1980s, when Liverpool rose in prominence, the matches have intensified on the field, showing more red cards than any other fixture.
The Merseyside Derby was first contested on 13 October 1894. Since it's beginning it has been played 222 times. Liverpool have won the fixture 89 times with Everton winning 66 times. It has been tied 67 times. Liverpool have scored 311 goals to Everton's 255.
- Biggest home victory: Liverpool 6-0 at Anfield in the 1935-36 season.
- Biggest away Victory: Liverpool 5-0 at Goodison in the 1982-83 season. Everton 5-0 at Anfield in the 1914-15 season.
- Highest scoring match: 7-4 Liverpool win at Anfield in the 1932-33 season.
- Most appearances: Neville Southall of Everton with 41.
- Most goals: Ian Rush with 25 goals for Liverpool.
- Record attendance: 78,599 at Goodison Park on 18 September 1948.
- Lowest attendance: 18,000 at Anfield on 19 January 1901.