The discolouring flows from the Merseyside derby, a fixture bringing frequent
frustration for Everton’s esteemed manager.
In his 20 league meetings with Liverpool,
Moyes has won three, drawn five and lost 12, taking a modest 14 points from
a possible 60.
The Scot, who will join the legendary Harry Catterick in managing Everton
against Liverpool in 11 successive seasons on Sunday afternoon, has
currently assembled one of his finest sides, a team of mobility, balance,
experience and creative options, but no complacency.
The lessons of history, let alone the beseeching of Gwladys Street, ensure
that Everton cannot afford a slip in concentration in this 187th league
derby, one of the classic dates of the domestic calendar, always an assault
on the ears for those in attendance.
The clocks are not going to go back 25 years when this neighbourhood skirmish
carried immense national significance but it remains a compelling sight and
sound, albeit occasionally most safely contemplated from behind the sofa.
Red is often the colour of the cards as well as the victorious shirts.