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The River Mersey runs red and blue - red for Liverpool and blue for Everton.

The river might split the city but the fans of these rival clubs have traditionally been good neighbours.

How did the rivalry start?

The all too familiar story of a fall out over cash led to the birth of Liverpool Football Club.

It was Everton who played their football at Anfield until an argument about rent in 1892.

The club decided to move to Goodison Park while the owner of Anfield drafted in a handful of Scottish players to form his own club, Liverpool.

The two clubs are now just a mile away from each other across Stanley Park.

Does everybody need good neighbours?

The grounds are so close a wayward goal-kick from Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek could end up in the back of the Goodison net!

But does geographical closeness leave rival fans bitter or united?

Kenny Dalglish (left) and Ian Rush hold aloft the FA Cup
Reds' Ian Rush puts two past Everton to win the 1986 FA Cup
In the early days Merseyside derbies were famous for scenes of the blue shirts of Everton fans sat shoulder to shoulder with red-shirted Liverpool fans.

Families would often be split with Evertonian dads and Liverpool mad sons.

There was a real sense of community spirit between the two clubs after the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died during their FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest played at the Sheffield Wednesday ground.

A chain of blue and red scarves stretched across Stanley Park in their memory.

But the changing fortunes of the city's teams saw temperatures rise between rival supporters.

Kevin Campbell celebrates scoring against Liverpool
We've beat Liverpool! Campbell gives Everton a win in 1999
While Liverpool went from strength to strength winning the treble in 2000/01, Everton flirted with relegation.

On the other hand some Liverpool fans argue that the rivalry with Manchester United fans is more intense.

They reckon Man Utd are more realistic title rivals than Everton.

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Everton won: 54
Liverpool won: 60
Drawn: 52

Everton Factfile:
Founded: 1878
Stadium: Goodison Park with a capacity of 40,170. Everton's old ground was Anfield - where Liverpool play!
Nicknames: The Toffees
Manager: David Moyes


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Liverpool Factfile:
Founded: 1892 as Everton Athletics Ground Ltd before changing their name to Liverpool
Stadium: Anfield (45,362)
Nicknames: Reds, Pool
Manager: Rafael Benitez


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