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‘Oh crap, it’s Everton’ - Former Liverpool keeper makes loan claim

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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has praised Everton supporters for the welcome he was given after signing on emergency loan in 2006.

Westerveld, 45, made two appearances under David Moyes and insists he is 'proud' to have represented both Merseyside rivals during his career.

"I was playing for Portsmouth but was on the bench," the former Dutch international, who played 77 times for Liverpool between 1999-2001, explained to Anfield Edition.

"On my way to watch Chelsea play Barcelona, David Moyes phoned me in the car and said he needed a goalkeeper who could play for a month. Straight away I said yes.

"I put the phone down and was like ‘oh crap, it’s Everton’. I always had a great connection with Everton because nine out of 10 of my friends in Liverpool were Bluenoses.

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"I phoned them and they said ‘we’d love to have you there, everyone will understand, you’re not going straight from Liverpool to Everton, you got kicked out of Liverpool’.

"From the second I arrived, the atmosphere and the warmth of the fans at Everton made such an impression on me. It was one of the best experiences of my whole career.

"I ran onto the pitch and they accepted me and were clapping their hands. I was really surprised, everything was positive.

"It was almost like they were saying thank you, because they had three goalkeepers out, I was there to help and I tried to help them.

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"It was a good opportunity to show myself to the world again and get some minutes under my belt. From the very first minute to the very end I was loving it."

Westerveld went on to sign for Almeria in Spain before enjoying spells with Sparta Rotterdam, Monza and Ajax Cape Town, where he has worked as a goalkeeping coach since the end of his playing career in 2012.

He revealed he had the opportunity to extend his stay at Goodison Park and remains fond of his short time with Everton.

"I was even allowed to stay another month but my wife was pregnant and I told Moyes I had to go back," he said. "I’m still friends with a couple of players, Arteta and Cahill, and even the kit manager. It’s got a place in my heart.

"I made history, I was the only goalkeeper to play for both clubs I’m proud to have played for Everton as well."




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