Everton legend Tim Howard explains why Merseyside derby with Liverpool is ‘a thousand times bigger’ than Manchester derby

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Everton legend Tim Howard explains why Merseyside derby with Liverpool is ‘a thousand times bigger’ than Manchester derby

Everton cult hero Tim Howard believes the Manchester derby is nothing compared to the Merseyside derby having played in both.

On a seismic week in the Premier League, the Toffees travel to Anfield on Wednesday night with 26 points and 17 places separating them from leaders Liverpool.

And if form wasn’t enough to go by, recent history suggests that gap will widen. Everton have not won at the home of their arch-rivals since September 1999.

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Howard made more than 400 appearances for Everton during nine years at Goodison Park

Then on Saturday, Manchester City welcome neighbours United to the Etihad live on talkSPORT for what has been a far more competitive fixture in recent years, despite the Red Devils falling into obscurity.

But former goalkeeper Howard, who played for Everton and Man United, insists the Merseyside derby will always trump any other clash due to the history behind it.

“It will always be the biggest game,” he told talkSPORT. “The Merseyside derby is the greatest game I’ve ever played in.

“It’s a thousand times better than the Manchester derby. Anyone who tells you differently is just pulling your leg.

The Manchester derby has been more competitive in recent years

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The Manchester derby has been more competitive in recent years

“[The Merseyside derby] is the one everyone looks forward to, even people who don’t reside on Merseyside, it’s special.”

The heavy investment of Sheikh Mansour since 2008 has seen City challenge, and even overtake, United in the Premier League.

However, Howard points out that the Manchester derby didn’t even take place between 1996 and 2000 because City weren’t a Premier League club.

Meanwhile, Everton and Liverpool have been mainstays in the top-flight of English football since the early sixties.

Howard added: “When you talk about the Merseyside derby, it goes back forever and ever in the top-flight.

Howard insists there is more history behind the Merseyside derby

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Howard insists there is more history behind the Merseyside derby

“Manchester City were a yo-yo club for a very long time,” he added. “City fans won’t like me saying that, but the facts are there.

“There was a long time when the Manchester derby wasn’t in the top-flight and that takes a little bit of lustre off.

“Of course, now that there’s big money getting pumped in, it’s created that buzz again. It’s brought that alive again.

“It’s still special. I’m going to watch it and people will enjoy it. But if you’re talking about the best one, it’s Merseyside.”


Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturday, including the Manchester derby (17:30)

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Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week…

  • Millwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2
  • Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT
  • Huddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2
  • Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2
  • Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORT
  • West Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2

 




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