Players who turned out for Liverpool and Everton


He would lift the trophy again with Everton in 1995, three years after “crossing the park” for a 750,000 pound fee. 

That made history as Ablett became the only player to win the cup with both Liverpool and Everton. As well as a cup win, Ablett would become a mainstay for the Toffees. 

Sadly, Ablett died on January 1, 2012, after losing a battle with cancer.

Nick Barmby – Everton (1996-2000), Liverpool (2000-02)

It seems bizarre to think in the megamoney days of the Premier League in 2020 that Barmby was signed for a club record 5.75 million pound fee when he arrived at Everton from Middlesbrough in 1996. 

While there was to be no glory for Barmby at Goodison, he was almost ever present as he helped the club escape relegation to the second tier on the final day of the 1999-2000 season. 

Not everyone was pleased when Barmby “crossed the park” – becoming the first player to leave Everton for Liverpool since Dave Hickson some four decades earlier. 

The England midfielder would win a treble of trophies under Gerard Houllier, including the UEFA Cup. 

Barmby would leave for Leeds United before finding his way to boyhood club Hull City, who he would also go on to manage. His son Jack plays for US side Phoenix Rising.

Peter Beardsley – Liverpool (1987-91), Everton (1991-93)

The England forward is the answer to the football trivia question: Who has played for both Manchester and both Liverpool sides? He arrived at Liverpool via Carlisle United, Manchester United, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Newcastle United to partner John Aldridge and John Barnes. 

The 1.9 million pound English record transfer won two titles and the FA Cup, playing 175 times for the Reds and scoring 59 goals. Then he “crossed the park” to play 95 times in Everton blue and score 32 goals. 

Beardsley scored in the derby for Everton so is also another piece of footballing trivia as one of only three players to score for both sides in a Merseyside derby. 

He returned to Newcastle United and eventually retired, after several more clubs, aged 38. Beardsley would later return to Newcastle as a coach but was sacked in 2019 amid allegations of racism.

Sander Westerveld – Liverpool (1999-2001), Everton (2006)

The goalkeeper arrived from Vitesse Arnhem in his native Netherlands and won the treble in 2001 before being sold to Real Sociedad. 

He was back in Liverpool with Everton on loan from Portsmouth in 2006 where he made two appearances.

Abel Xavier – Everton (1999-2002), Liverpool (2002-03)

The last player to “cross the park” was another to swap Everton for Liverpool. The Portugal fullback had made 45 appearances for the Toffees since he arrived from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. 

In the 2002-03 season Xavier would make history as the only player to appear for opposing sides in Merseyside derbies in the same season. He quit football aged 37 and turned to Islam after ending his career at the LA Galaxy.

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