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Liverpool & Everton gear up for Merseyside derby

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez was once close to a Liverpool move, but now prepares his Toffees team for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park this Saturday.

Both teams have got off to a good start this campaign, as the lucrative Champions League positions revolve in their thoughts.

Liverpool lie second on 23 points, two behind leaders Arsenal; whereas Everton sit sixth in the table on 20 points, being the only team along with Southampton in tasting one defeat in the eleven games of this campaign.

Families will be divided this weekend but unlike in other local English  rivalries, the Merseyside derby is supported in good spirit.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's self-declared fitness for the clash is authentic. Gerrard has  excelled in almost every one of his match-ups against Everton since his  first derby in 1999 and will prove to be a massive boost for the Reds should he start.

Another Red on red hot form is Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge was a doubt  for the clash but is now odds on to start after completing a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Germany in midweek.

Everton have dangerous players in their own right. A definite threat down the wing will be Leighton Baines. Baines was poised to join Marouane Fellaini and manager David Moyes at Manchester United, but will provide impetus into the Toffees' attacks.

Strikers Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas will be dangerous in pursuit of an Everton three points and will test Liverpool's defence to the maximum.

Saturday's match will be the most relevant Merseyside derby in years, and the winner will
have much more to smile over than merely city bragging rights.

The early Saturday kick-off will ignite a massive weekend ahead in the  Premier League as players return from international duty.

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