THE Merseyside derby wouldn’t be the same without a Liverpool player tormenting our blue neighbours.
Throughout the years, we have had a striker who has tortured the blues home and away.
After nearly two years in the English game, you can now add Luis Suarez to this list. The Uruguyan has now scored goals in three of the last four derbies and is an all round figure of hatred for rabid Evertonians throughout Merseyside (and North Wales.)
A lot of Blues dislike Suarez for a variety of reasons, but there is no doubt that he has become the new plague sent forth by the red side of the city to bring pestilence to Everton. It’s not just the number of goals he scored, it’s also the enormity of them. His equaliser in the FA Cup semi-final last year was a pivotal moment in the game and set the stage for us to go on and win the game.
He forced the own goal on Sunday and scored the second. Both were important. It was essential that we didn’t lose that game. It goes without saying of course, it’s a Merseyside derby, losing is not an option. But this one was even more so, as it was Rodgers’ first derby in charge and it’s important to not let Everton, Evertonians or Gollum to get any sort of advantage.
Not only that, Everton have played well so far this season and we don’t want to let them get any further ahead of us, though it has to be emphasised that it’s still early days yet.
Suarez doesn’t just score goals though, he genuinely infuriates Everton with everything he does. Usually, I would want one of our players to turn the other cheek and just ignore Moyes’ comments in his pre-game press conference about players “like Suarez”, “driving people away from the game” with “diving.” On this occasion however, I was delighted with his celebration. I am sick to death of reading or hearing comments on a daily basis about Suarez diving, when other players do it too and nothing gets said about them.
At the end of the day, Evertonians can foam at the mouth as much as they want, Moyes has to take it on the chin. Which chin is an altogether different issue, considering he has one eye in Crocky and one eye in Tocky. He makes comments and players are inevitably going to react to them.
To further irritate Blues, their captain (who actually comes over as a decent bloke) also gets booked for diving, making his manager look an (even bigger) fool in the process. What are we going to do about these players “driving people away from the game”, eh?
Had Suarez’ last gasp goal been allowed to stand, as it so obviously should have been, it would have been one of the funniest derby moments of all time. The rage, vitriol and hatred that would have poured out of Woodison would have been hysterical. As it turns out, they have the last laugh to an extent as we get ripped off with a draw and Suarez doesn’t have his moment, but our talismanic number 7 has Everton’s number. And I have his back when it comes to that, every single step of the way!