The Merseyside derby is known for its crunching tackles.
It’s one of the reasons Premier League sides love watching Liverpool square up against Everton.
However, as much as we all love a bit of Merseyside madness, there has to be a limit.
Referee Anthony Taylor was always going to have a difficult afternoon in store, and to his credit, he tried not to disrupt the game too much.
When he looks back at footage of Ross Barkley’s challenge on Dejan Lovren, though, he’ll be left with a face as red as Liverpool’s jersey.
It’s been an awful week for injuries. Barkley must have seen what happened to team-mate Seamus Coleman on international duty; the Irishman suffered a horrific leg break as a result of an utterly stupid tackle by Wales’ Neil Taylor.
Yet, once again, Barkley got carried away against Liverpool and made a disgusting challenge on Dejan Lovren.
It undoubtedly deserved a red. Check it out below:
Propar English tackle that from Barkley says yer da pic.twitter.com/q7DRABCmZP
— łükë®⚜️ (@timboturn) April 1, 2017
It was a disappointing moment in what had otherwise been a brilliant first half.
Sadio Mane had put Liverpool 1-0 up in the eighth minute before Matthew Pennington, making his first start of the season, levelled things up for the visitors.
A brilliant goal by Philippe Coutinho then put the Reds 2-1 up just three minutes later.
These are the things we would love to be talking about. Unfortunately, though, the fact that Barkley stayed on the pitch means his awful tackle is going to be in the spotlight even more.
Many fans took to Twitter to express their anger:
Barkley is so dirty. Should have been sent off at Goodson for the bad tackle on hendo aswell.
— Niall Corcoran (@NiallCorcoran_) April 1, 2017
Consider the shocking injury to his teammate this week, the tackle from Barkley is even more reckless and spiteful #Coleman
— Neil Sterland (@YNWAontheKop) April 1, 2017
If that Ross barkley tackle was xhaka, that's a sending off
— BIG BEN (@merengue4) April 1, 2017
Everyon fans crying (literally) about tackle on coleman (which has horrific) but then condone Barkley karate! You could not make it up!
— Chris (@lfc5timesssss) April 1, 2017
Can't work out if Ross Barkley is just a dick with these late tackles or he just lacks the technique to tackle, a la Paul Scholes #LIVEVE
— Adrian Mitchell (@adrianfmitchell) April 1, 2017
How on earth barkley is still at pitch?first lucky escape from clear yellow and then a proper red deserving shamble of tackle,#LFCvEFC
— Ahmad Hussain (@Ahmad_Pak_) April 1, 2017