Watch Liverpool vs Everton - England : Premier League live streaming

 Watch Liverpool vs Everton - England : Premier League live streaming 

The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton is one of the most eagerly anticipated rivalries in the Premier League, with good reason.

Both sides have long, storied histories, no shortage of silverware in their trophy cabinets and extremely passionate supporters who back their teams with gusto.

Interestingly, however, despite the intensity of games the derby encounter is sometimes referred to as 'the friendly derby'.
Why is Liverpool vs Everton called the friendly derby?

There are many reasons why Liverpool versus Everton is sometimes referred to as 'the friendly derby' by observers, but, put simply, it is because there is no real deep-seated animosity between the supporters.

While some rivalries may be divided along well defined lines, there is something of a blurring of the line when it comes to the Merseyside derby.

Strikingly, it is not uncommon for one family to have both Liverpool and Everton supporters in it, with a kaleidoscope of red and blue jerseys to be found in homes, in stadiums and bars on matchdays.

The perceived friendliness among Liverpool and Everton fans was perhaps best encapsulated in the support leant to the Reds by the Toffees during the Hillsborough campaign for justice.
Less than a mile separates Anfield from Goodison Park and the connection between the clubs was made literal as fans stretched a chain of scarves across Stanley Park - the green area between the stadiums.

Such intermingling and expressions of solidarity is generally unheard of when it comes to other high profile derbies across the world.

Some rivalries have grown up around stark sectarian divides, such as with the Old FIrm between Celtic and Rangers, or historical socio-political issues, such as in El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

However, while small issues may have arisen among some supporters, there is no widespread sense of pure hatred between Liverpool and Everton fans.
Is Liverpool vs Everton still the friendly derby?

Of course, that's not to say that the rivalry is a cuddly one where everyone loves one another. 

While it remains a relatively friendly derby today, there are certainly arguments, bragging rights at stake and the odd grudge that festers over time.

In fact, there is a sense that the Merseyside derby has grown a bit more choleric in recent seasons, with the camaraderie that had been built up diminishing slightly.

Games between the sides have been quite hot-tempered and in early 2020 there was an obvious display of disrespect by some Everton fans, who turned their backs while making a two-fingered salute when You'll Never Walk Alone was played. Police were heavily present on that occasion after the game, with reports of small minorities stoking tensions.
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