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On this day: Gerrard's the zero but Liverpool still beat Everton in 2006

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You can file two elements of this 2006 Merseyside derby under "well it seemed like a good idea at the time".

And then came the second good idea at the time.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Everton forward James Beattie both took to the Anfield turf sporting '08' on their backs in place of their usual No.8s.



Because at the time, the idea of promoting Liverpool's recently awarded status as 2008's European Capital of Culture during the city's premier sporting event - sorry Aintree - was a piece of genius.

Harry Kewell soon settled the occasion with a spearing drive from distance, ensuring that Gerrard's briefly-seen shirt didn't go down in Merseyside infamy.

The 10 men of Liverpool raced into a 2-0 lead with goals either side of half-time, as Phil Neville headed Xabi Alonso's corner into his own net and Luis Garcia lobbed Richard Wright at the Kop end.

What got people talking even more though, was Gerrard's red card inside 18 minutes.
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