The battle for supremacy on Merseyside often used to coincide with finding out just who was the best team in the whole country, but since the advent of the Premier League, things have been different.
That still hasn’t really got them anywhere other than staring up at the division’s big boys, though, and as they enter this latest Merseyside derby, they’ll be wary of being caught by a seemingly resurgent Liverpool side.
The Reds were rampant in beating Newcastle United 6-0 last weekend, and seeing as they haven’t lost to Everton at home this century they’ll enter with confidence.
However, Everton know that a win would ensure a second successive season of finishing above their rivals, and there would be no better place to do that than in front of a packed Anfield crowd.
Quite simply, this one means more than just local pride.