October 13 1894 was the first time Liverpool met Everton. Now, 220 derbies later, the two meet once more, but this one feels a little bit different.

This time the pair of Liverpool-based clubs are managed by Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, both aged only 40. The youthful feel of each of the bosses has provided a rejuvenated approach to England's oldest and roughest derby day.

The two men at the helm each deploy a similar footballing style, focused on attractive and penetrative football. Many marvel at some of the goals these two have scored. It should make for a good game to watch.

Martinez told Everton's official website: "You can tell it's got a special feel about it and especially now that both teams are in very good positions after strong starts to the season." 

That's what all managers and players talk about pre-derby: the special feeling around the place. Nothing splits the city of Liverpool like the two biggest clubs facing off, You are either a blue or a red. Some mysteriously opt for Tranmere, 'a white' option, but each to their own.

Not only does it divide the city. It divides households, friendships, relationships, siblings; Even pets are sworn against each other because of this solitary match of football. If you're in town at the end of that game, you'd better hope for a draw.

This game is what every Red and every Toffee look for when the fixtures come out, Martinez described it wonderfully: "From my point of view, it's the most exciting one for the history that is surrounding the game and the passion of the fans."

The 0-0 draw at Anfield last year was David Moyes' last chapter in derby day history, famously failing to beat the Reds in the league. Can Martinez eliminate the Everton curse?

Many say the form book goes out of the window for derbies but I'm going to take a look at it anyway.

Liverpool are second in the legitimate form table, losing out only to Southampton. They come into this affair two points off leaders Arsenal, and all of their players fit.

Rodgers has been tinkering with formations of late trying to get as many influential players in key positions as possible, this time he may have cracked it. LIverpool lined up in a free form 4-4-2 which turned into a suspiciously attacking 4-2-2-2 at times. It allowed Gerrard to dictate and Coutinho and Henderson to flexibly wander from the wings into attacking midfielder roles.

Liverpool are also greeted with the returns of full-backs Enrique and Johnson who are likely to resume normal service ahead of the questionable Cissokho and Flanagan. The centre backs will be an interesting choice however. Only the returning Agger, and Skrtel have derby day experience, but you can't knock the form of Toure and the now-settled Mahmadou Sakho. Many selection problems for Rodgers' inform Reds.

Everton come into the game sitting sixth, losing only to Manchester City. They, along with West Brom, have drawn five games - a Premier League high.

They have fringe players Alcaraz and Kone as injury doubts but otherwise sport a strong first XI. Romelu Lukaku has been looking particularly dangerous since his arrival from Chelsea and boast better stats than all of their strikers.

He's good but not quite Sturridge and Suarez at the moment, the pair are the most prosperous striking partnership in the Premier League and are definitely the two to watch. I have all three in my fantasy team, mind.

Being a scouser myself, I am buzzing for this game to begin and I simply can't wait for us to go there and beat them once again. Yes that was a dig and a prediction. Liverpool have the record number of wins in this fixture: 88 to Everton's 66.

With bragging rights at stake, both sides will be eager to tale the victory. Whatever happens, the two clubs, separated by a park, will be in full voice and it will be a feisty affair.

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