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'I just love the hustle and bustle of the Merseyside derby'

McManaman, who grew up a Blue before becoming a Red as a teenager, has fond – sometimes painful – memories of his 16 appearances in the fixture between 1990 and 1999.

"One of my first derbies was as a young kid at Anfield and we won and Growler [Robbie Fowler] scored.

"I grew up an Everton fan and I was at the Rushie scored four one when they won 5-0 and Glenn Keeley got sent off.

"The derby was an incredibly special game for me because I'd been a fan, I'd been to hundreds of them and knew everything about all the players.

Sunday's clash will, of course, be played in unique circumstances behind closed doors, like all matches for the remainder of 2019-20.

The physical and frantic nature of the Merseyside derby makes it a fixture like no other, Steve McManaman attests.

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