Before this weekend’s game at Anfield against neighbours Everton, Steven Gerrard claimed it wasn't important who had bragging rights in Merseyside to who finished higher in the league.  

However, most fans will always want to be ahead of their local rivals & the Merseyside derby was always a fixture that embodied that die hard belief.  

Sunday's bore draw (if there was there ever a game that epitomised that phrase this was it) really didn't show the passion of most derbies & surely Liverpool fans must of questioned their captains views.  

Looking at the league table this year it does seem strange that at the moment with two or three games to go most of the main derbies are being fought with both teams fighting against each other.

Omitting Chelsea the next true derby battle is Arsenal & Tottenham; both north London clubs are battling for the Champions League, Spurs now need to win both of their remaining games and hope Arsenal slip up against either Wigan or Newcastle if they want to finish above them for the first time since 1995.

Obviously finishing in the top four is both teams’ objective but if Spurs finished third or fourth above Arsenal it would send shock waves through the Emirates and send Tottenham and their home of White Hart Lane into rapture. 

For both sets of north London fans this is a must win battle, especially for Spurs fans who feel they have been knocking on Arsenal's door for a few years.

The next rivalry is being played out at the bottom of the league, Newcastle versus Sunderland. Both are far from safety and either could end up in the final relegation spot.

This rivalry transcends sport, it isn't just football - it's life.  Both cities pride themselves on their own merits but their hatred can be traced back way beyond football, to the English Civil War. 

Newcastle supported the Royalists whilst Sunderland supported the Parliamtarists. Now that rivalry has been carried forward into football.

Whatever happens in the last few games of the season, who qualifies for the Champions League or who may go down, football fans will always want to do better than their rivals.  


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