Redknapp recalls being "drenched in gravy" by Everton fans after X-rated abuse

Ex-Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp has recalled an unfortunate incident where he was left "drenched in gravy" after Everton fans launched meat pies at his head.

The former England international became a fan favourite on the red half of Merseyside, after joining Liverpool as a 17-year-old from Bournemouth.

Naturally his exploits at Anfield did not make him quite as popular down at Goodison Park, even when he was just an up-and-coming youngster, as he quickly discovered how deeply the rivalry between the neighbouring sides runs.

“When I was a Bournemouth player, I’d gone to see Southampton without any issues,” Redknapp told FourFourTwo . "So, I thought as a young Liverpool player I could go and see Everton, too. Big mistake.

“I wore a baseball cap and hoped no one would spot me in the Goodison Road stand, but after 10 minutes I was hit on the head with a meat pie and someone yelled, 'F*** off Redknapp.'

"To be honest, it was a fantastic shot – what precision, right on the side of the head! I got hit by another pie a few minutes later, so just had to sit there drenched in gravy and meat. We left at half-time."

No doubt Redknapp would be lucky to escape covered in Bisto if he dared venture back to Goodison these days.

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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He eventually captained Liverpool during his 11-year spell, including in their illustrious treble-winning season of 2000/01.

Redknapp further risked the ire of Everton fans back in October when he suggested the Toffees have an "inferiority complex" compared to Liverpool, though did praise the work Carlo Ancelotti was doing at the club.

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After finishing a disappointing 12th last season – and 50 points behind their local rivals – Everton are now just a point behind Liverpool in the table.

They have also won more games this season – 10 to Liverpool's nine – though have racked up a higher number of defeats.

The two sides meet again next month after drawing earlier in the season, with the forthcoming clash to be staged at Anfield, where Redknapp should be safe to venture.

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