By Peter Guest, FootballPredictions.NET, 10:49 04/10/2020
Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool have won a combined 28 English top-flight titles during their existence.
Since Liverpool were founded in 1892, a total of 38 players have run out for both The Toffees and The Reds. This is known by many as ‘crossing the park’ due to the two clubs’ grounds being separated by Stanley Park.
Of the 38 players to play for the home side at both Goodison Park and Anfield, some have experienced considerable success.
Steve McMahon: Everton youth product turned Anfield legend
Central midfielder Steve McMahon was promoted to the first team at Goodison Park in 1979 aged just 18. He went on to make 79 appearances for The Toffees in four years, scoring nine times, before moving to Aston Villa for £180,000.
McMahon crossed the park in 1985 when he joined Liverpool from Villa for £360,000. Six years and 252 games later he moved to Manchester City for £900,000, having scored 37 goals and provided 19 assists.
McMahon was part of a Liverpool squad which won two First Division titles, two FA Cups and four Community Shields. He was also capped 18 times for England.
Peter Beardsley: Flying winger loved by both sets of fans
English wide man Peter Beardsley arrived at Anfield from Newcastle United in 1987 for £2million. He appeared for The Reds on 159 occasions, scoring 59 goals and laying on 42 assists for his teammates.
He also won a league title, an FA Cup and three Community Shields during his four years at Liverpool. In 1991, he crossed the park as he joined Everton for £1million.
At Goodison, he played 83 games and scored 26 goals before he returned to Newcastle in 1993 for £1.5million. During his career, he was capped 61 times by his country, for whom he scored ten goals.
Sander Westerveld: Dutch shot-stopper who won four titles in one year
Former Holland goalkeeper Sander Westerveld arrived in England in 1999 when he joined Liverpool from Vitesse Arnhem for £5.4million.
He kept goal for The Reds on 103 occasions during a two and a half year stay at Anfield. In 2001, he was part of the Liverpool side which won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
He left the club for Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2002 for £4.5million. Later in his career, he moved to Everton on loan from Portsmouth, but he made just three appearances for The Toffees during the second half of the 2005/06 season.
Kevin Sheedy: Irish midfielder who won league titles with both clubs
The Republic of Ireland left midfielder Kevin Sheedy moved to Liverpool from Hereford in 1978 for just £83,000. He won two league titles during his time with the club, despite making just three appearances.
Sheedy left for Everton in 1982 for £113,000, where he made 237 appearances, scoring 59 goals and providing ten assists.
Whilst at Goodison, he won two league titles, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the Community Shield, before moving to Newcastle United on a free transfer in 1992.
Gary Ablett: Adored central defender that passed away too soon
Liverpool academy graduate Gary Ablett was promoted to the first team at Anfield on his 18th birthday in 1983.
He made a total of 141 appearances for The Reds as he won four First Division titles, an FA Cup and two Community Shields during nine years in the side, which saw him score one goal.
In 1992, he crossed the park to join Everton for £750,000. At Goodison Park, he played 136 games, scoring five goals in the process.
He also won an additional FA Cup and Community Shield before joining Birmingham City for £400,000 in 1996. Ablett sadly passed away aged just 46 on New Year’s Day in 2012.