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Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 16:54 GMT
Barmby inspires Liverpool victory
Liverpool 3-1 Everton
Nick Barmby was always going to be the focus of this Merseyside derby - and so it proved as his goal set Liverpool on their way to victory at a soggy Anfield.
Barmby's 12th minute diving header was cancelled out by Kevin Campbell but he was also involved in the move that saw Emile Heskey let fly from 30 yards early in the second half.
And while Paul Gascoigne's composure amid the frenetic atmosphere did much to give Everton's approach play poise and precision, Thomas Gravesen's dismissal for a professional foul and Patrik Berger's subsequent penalty ensured Barmby would have the last laugh.
Wet conditions helped contribute to an unusually open derby clash and it was Everton's Mark Pembridge who had the first chance when Kevin Campbell and Thomas Gravesen combined neatly to send him clear.
The Welshman duly chipped the ball over the advancing Sander Westerveld but also sent it just past the post.
Pembridge again fired wide when well placed from Idan Tal's nod down but by that time Liverpool were ahead.
Christian Ziege drove a cross into the box and a deflection off defender Abel Xavier saw the ball fly into the path of the advancing Barmby.
The England midfielder, of whom so much had been written and said ahead of the game given his move across Stanley Park in the summer, hurled himself full length into the air and his header flew into the top corner.
His former colleagues in blue were however creating chances of their own, and were level on 17 minutes when Westerveld and the Liverpool defence failed to deal with Tal's corner.
David Weir rose well at the back post and Kevin Campbell stooped low to nod in at the Kop end.
Unsurprisingly, Barmby was the target of chanting on the terraces and tough challenges on the pitch from the Evertonians.
But after an early heavy tackle on Michael Ball, that well-taken goal helped Barmby settle down and influence some of Liverpool's best play.
He could have added a second when he just failed to reach Emile Heskey's low centre across the box, while Robbie Fowler's composure let him down when well placed on a number of occasions.
Paul Gerrard in Everton's goal meanwhile was also forced into action either side of the break, first to keep out Sami Hyypia's header and then a fierce Dietmar Hamann drive.
But he could do nothing soon after when Barmby's header fell to Heskey whose sweet 30-yard strike skidded off the slippy turf into the bottom corner for his sixth goal in four games.
Gary Naysmith and Joe-Max Moore came on down Everton's left side as the visitors looked to equalise, but Heskey was proving a real threat, finding lots of space and letting fly with another rasping shot which was well beaten away.
As time wore on, so Liverpool's dominance increased and when substitute Vladimir Smicer was felled by Gravesen following a long throw out from Westerveld, the result was decided.
Gravesen was dismissed for a professional foul and Patrik Berger emphatically dispatched the spot kick to the delight of the home fans.
Liverpool could easily have added more goals late on as Everton's ten men wilted, but no doubt Barmby will just be happy to have put one over his old club.
Liverpool: Westerveld, Gerrard (Carragher 87), Ziege, Hyypia, Babbel, Berger, Hamann, McAllister, Barmby, Fowler (Smicer 69), Heskey.
Subs Not Used: Arphexad, Traore, Murphy.
Everton: Gerrard, Ball (Naysmith 54), Weir, S. Watson, Nyarko,
Pembridge, Xavier, Gravesen, Tal (Moore 67), Gascoigne,
Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)
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