HOULLIER LEAVES OUT OLD TOFFEE
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Reds boss, who feels the game is being played too soon after last Tuesday's tragedy in America, wants a sense of perspective in this game - something he feels will not happen if Barmby lines up for the visitors.
The 27-year-old England international controversially crossed Stanley Park in the summer of 2000 for £6 million and scored in his first derby in a red shirt when Liverpool beat Everton at Anfield last October.
"I have taken the decision on my own that Nick will not travel and even though he's not happy about it, I think he understands," Houllier said.
"I've got a good memory, I know what derby games are like, and we don't need any of that.
"You would hope that because of the world tragedy that happened on Tuesday, the fans would be able to put this in perspective.
"But the sad truth is they might not, and I don't want him being booed for the whole game. I don't want to experience the reaction that his presence may generate."