Everton & Liverpool: The Tide Has Turned On Merseyside

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There is no doubt that when it comes to footballing history, Liverpool is one name that will spring to many minds across the globe with their great success in the 70s and early 80s.  

Huge names like Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen were part of a side that dominated English football, as well as shining on the European stage.

Over the last few years, however, the once mighty Anfield club has fallen from grace, not only seeing their record of 18 league titles surpassed by Manchester United, but even more worrying is the presence of their local and fierce rivals Everton.

Having played second fiddle to red side of Liverpool for many years, the times are changing over on Merseyside, and it's the Blue side coming out on top at this present moment. The key factor of this  transition is Toffees manager David Moyes.

Having been appointed as manager of the Toffees in March 2002, coming from Preston North End, his first success came when he achieved qualification for the Champions League just three years later in 2005. The Scottish tactician also managed to take Everton to the FA Cup Final in 2009. During this period, he unearthed gems such as Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta, who both became imperative to the side, Cahill with his positioning and goals, and Arteta for his solid midfield displays and superb penatly-taking.

More recently, Moyes has shown yet more astuteness in the transfer market with the capture of Marouane Fellani who continues to dominate in and around the midfield with each game he plays. His stature and height is a force many in the Premier League struggle to cope with. On his day, Fellaini is a great link-up player who's not afraid to get in the box and cause defenders problems, reflected by the fact that the Belgian giant is Everton's top scorer this season with nine goals in 20 games.

Add this midfield maestro to the consistent performers of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, and it is easy to see why Everton have become such a competitive side that nobody is surprised to see challenging for a top four spot again this season.

On the basis of the last few seasons, a Champions League spot is not out the question, leaving their local rivals Liverpool trailing in their wake.

There is no doubt at this moment in time that the tides have turned on Merseyside. But Liverpool are a huge club and with some of the talent they have at their disposal, such as Luis Suarez, it is the consistency and temperament that Moyes has drummed into his Everton players that is seeing his side achieve great things in the Premier League.


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