Was Everton 3-3 Liverpool the best Merseyside derby in history? Here’s a few contenders…

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On Saturday at Goodison Park, the red and blue havles of Liverpool converged to put on with heck of a spectacle.

The pulsating 3-3 draw between Everton and Liverpool, watch above, showcased Premier League soccer at it’s finest. No doubt.

We had late goals, great goals and controversy galore as Roberto Martinez’ Toffees fought tough and nail with Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Liverpool. After 90 minutes of exhausting end-to-end action, the 220th episode of the Merseyside derby had to go down as one of the greatest, certainly in modern history.

Let’s take a quick look back at some of the other classic matches this intense rivalry has thrown up in the past. Here’s three that could rival, or surpass, Saturday’s sensational draw.

1. FA Cup fifth-round replay, 1991 (Goodison Park) Everton 4-4 Liverpool (Everton won second replay 1-0)

This game had it all, what a tremendous cup tie. Just a few days earlier in the original tie the two teams drew 0-0 at Anfield, safe to say this one was a much better occasion as Peter Beardsley put Liverpool ahead only for Graeme Sharp to equalize a minute later. Beardsley then put Liverpool back ahead but Sharp again equalized, after a defensive mix up, to make it 2-2. Ian Rush popped up to put the away side ahead with just over 10 minutes left but Tony Cottee’s dramatic late equalizer sent the game into extra time. The goal of the game came from John Barnes as the England international smashed home a beauty from 30-yards but that fox-in-the-box Cottee scored five minutes from time to force another replay which saw Everton prevail. Can we do away with penalty kicks and just have endless replays return to the FA Cup? Thanks.

2. FA Cup final, 1989 (Wembley) – Liverpool 3-2 Everton

Back when the FA Cup meant much more than it does today, sorry soccer purists it’s true, this game was an incredible occasion down at the Old Wembley stadium. Underneath the famous twin towers fans of both Liverpool and Everton piled into the famous stands in North London after traveling down from Merseyside together. Then their two teams played out one of the finest FA Cup finals in memory. Add into the mix that this game came just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, both sets of fans behaved impeccably as they mourned those fans who perished in the tragedy during Liverpool’s semifinal. John Aldridge opened the scoring and it wasn’t until late on that Stuart McCall equalized to send the match into extra-time. Ian Rush jumped off the bench to put Liverpool ahead, only for the ginger menace McCall to equalize once again. But the ‘divine mustache’ himself had the last laugh in the 104th minute as Liverpool won the FA Cup.

3. Premier League, 2001 (Goodison Park)- Everton 2-3 Liverpool

It’s been 12 years since there was a real humdinger in front of the Gladwys Street End and boy, it’s fun to reminisce about this clash. These were heady days at Liverpool as Gerrard Houllier sent them on a one man mission to win every trophy known to man (except for the PL or Champions League, but we’ll forget that) and the likes of Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher were just becoming legends at Anfield. But it was an older pro by the name of Gary McAllister who stole the show in this derby as his cheeky free kick right at the death stole all three points and stunned the Evertonians. Back and forth this game went as Emile Heskey and Marcus Babbel had given Liverpool a 2-0 lead but then big Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth leveled it at 2-2… before Gary Mac had the last laugh. Sublime, superb, sensational.

Leicester City record massive earnings from UEFA Champions League

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Leicester City’s UEFA Champions League campaign may have ended without a trophy, but the Premier League side pipped the European champions in the bank account.

UEFA announced on Friday that Leicester City earned $96,167,125 during the Champions League run that ended in the quarterfinals, the farthest of any Premier League club. Real Madrid, the back-to-back champions, earned a slightly less $95,385,679. Much of the difference comes from TV rights deals in England, which pays out more to teams compared to the TV rights deal in Spain.

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Juventus, the Italian giant, earned the most of any club in last year’s Champions League, making a whopping $129,965,357, mostly thanks to the TV rights again.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic could return in December

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Dare to Zlatan? It could be only a couple of months away.

That’s according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who said the veteran striker could return from his torn ACL before the end of the calendar year.

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“Zlatan is here, he’s working here and under our control,” Mourinho told reporters. “He’s working as you would expect so, so, so hard. But he’s not to be back in the next week or next couple of weeks. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”

The big Swede scored 28 goals for Man United last year in all competitions, proving that he’s still got it at the age of 36, but it’s going to be tough for him to find his old form coming off an ACL injury at such an old age. After suffering the injury last April, it’s been a long road to recovery for Ibrahimovic.

However, with the play of Romelu Lukaku up top, Ibrahimovic would only play from time to time, which could help in his recovery both from the knee injury and just the general recovery between games.

Manchester City quartet called up by Brazil for friendlies

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Brazilian National Team coach Tite has decided on calling up a full-strength squad for November’s upcoming friendly matches in Europe, including four Manchester City players in his 25-man squad.

Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo and Ederson all made the squad as Tite looks to develop more chemistry among his side ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which Brazil breezed into after Tite took over in 2016.

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Luckily for Manchester City and the other European-based players in the squad, Brazil’s friendly matches will be played in Western Europe. The Selecao first faces Japan in Lille, France on November 10 before taking on England at Wembley Stadium on November 14.

The call-ups may be a tough pill for Guardiola to swallow though. As of Friday, Manchester City has 17 games remaining in the calendar year, and surely he would prefer for some of his starters to get a two-week break in November to preserve some energy instead of play in friendly matches.

Everton announce lifetime ban for fan involved in altercation with Lyon player

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On a night when UEFA unveiled a new campaign for respect, there wasn’t enough of it shown both on and off the field.

Everton has followed up on UEFA opening up disciplinary proceedings against them by banning a fan from Everton matches after the fan was seen to punch at an Olympique Lyon player in the second half of Lyon’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

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“Club Officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players,” Everton said in a statement. “We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the Club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”

The video below shows a fan – amazingly, holding onto a small boy in one arm – throwing some punches at Lyon players after a fracas on the field.

The punch and ban is yet another dark moment for Everton, which has just one point from its first three Europa League matches and sits in 16th place in the Premier League with eight points from eight games.