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Liverpool FC: 5 Key Battles vs. Everton in the Merseyside Derby
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In less than 24 hours we will be seeing the city of Liverpool come to a halt as the city's two oldest and most successful clubs face off in the first Merseyside Derby of the year.

Everton and Liverpool have shared the spoils in two of the last three meetings, and the Toffees have pulled one over on their rivals as well. The Reds will be looking to take some pride back to Anfield this season by beating Everton on their home ground this season.

This season's first derby is a special one for Liverpool as it is the first one that Kenny Dalglish has been a part of in over 20 years. The Reds manager will be looking to get a result for his club as they continue to push for the top four and a return to Europe in the UEFA Champions League.

With Everton having had cash flow problems for several seasons now and the Reds having pumped more than £100 million into their squad in the last nine months, it is paramount that new signings and old faithfuls show up and deliver this weekend.

There will be a number of key battles on the pitch, and the return of Steven Gerrard to full fitness is certainly expected to be the highlight of the match for the Reds before kickoff.

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