On this day in 2010 Dirk Kuyt scored his 50th Liverpool goal in the Red’s 1-0 win over Everton at Anfield.
In the opening seconds of the 213th edition of the Merseyside derby the tone was set as a vicious one, as Jamie Carragher put a rough tackle in on Steven Pienaar. As the game progressed it lived up to its violent billing as Liverpool and Greece defender Sotirious Kyrgiakos was sent off. After just over half an hour mark the Reds were reduced to 10 men after Kyrgiakos’ rash challenge on another player renowned for his questionable conduct on the field, Marouane Fellaini. Fortunately for the Reds, Everton were unable to take advantage of their extra man on the pitch and the hosts soon made them pay. Dutch hitman, Dirk Kuyt, put Liverpool ahead 10 minutes into the second half, rising to meet a Gerrard corner with his head and power the ball beyond Phil Neville and Tim Howard to make it 1-0 to the Reds, seeing him complete half a century of Liverpool goals.
As the match came to its conclusion there was one last bit of drama yet to unfold, that being Evertonian Pienaar receiving the second red card of the match after accumulating two yellow cards, ensuring both sides finished the match with 10 players each. The match ended 1-0 seeing the red side of Merseyside lay claim to the bragging rights across the city as Rafa Benitez’s side climbed above Tottenham and into the top four in the league.