Everton V Liverpool: 7 Players to Watch in the Friendly Derby

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Everton V Liverpool: 7 Players to Watch in the Friendly Derby
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The longest-running top-flight derby in the country will tip off this Saturday and is sure to be another great installment of this rivalry at Goodison. This is one of the great contests in English football and is always hotly contested and almost guaranteed to have a player see red.

The physicality and passion is rarely rivaled around Europe.

Everton come into the match after battling well to resist the advances of the Manchester City forwards for over an hour. Moyes even went as far defensively as to man-mark David Silva with either Rodwell or Neville. At Goodison, I doubt that the Everton manager will be so content with a 0-0 draw. The question is going to be the striking options. 

Liverpool halted their skid in the Premier League with a deserved win over Mick McCarthy's men. In order to make a better case for a top-four spot, Liverpool need a strong performance against their city rivals. Their away form this season has not been up to snuff and a good display at Goodison Park will help to breed confidence into the side going forward.

This will be a tactical and cagey affair in the early goings and the play of the star performers will dictate how the match will unfold.

So let's set the stage on Merseyside with a look at some key players to watch in predicting the storyline come Saturday evening. 

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