Bad blood adds spice as Sam Allardyce and Jürgen Klopp prepare to meet again | Sachin Nakrani

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999, but Allardyce, spurred on by memories of a previous meeting with Klopp, may be the man to change all that

To put it into context, the last time Everton won at Anfield, We’re Going to Ibiza! by Vengaboys had spent a little over two weeks in the singles chart and Tony Blair a little over two years in Downing Street. In other words, it was a long time ago. Monday 27 September 1999 to be precise – a fiery encounter in which Kevin Campbell scored the only goal of the game and three players received a red card, one of whom was a 19-year-old midfielder called Steven Gerrard.

Since then Everton have made 18 visits to the home of their derby rivals and either drawn or, more commonly in recent times, lost. The away derby has become a curse for the blue half of Merseyside, a weight that hangs heavy, the monkey they cannot shrug off, and for some Everton supporters it has become less a fixture to relish and more one to get out of the way.

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