Just one point separates Liverpool and Everton in the Premier League table currently and the race for the final Champions League spot looks like it will be Merseyside's to lose.
Under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers this year, Liverpool have been an impressive outfit and sat top of the tree only two weeks ago.
Defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea stalled progress somewhat but the Liverpool side have Steven Gerrard set to return to the starting eleven to bolster their midfield options.
Of course the man making all the headlines up front - a certain Luis Suarez - agreed to stay at the club in the summer after drawn out talks with Rodgers who is now reaping the rewards of Suarez's ability to put the defence to the sword time and time again.
Meanwhile across the Mersey, Everton continue to build from the good work of David Moyes last year and have unquestionably reached another level this term.
Roberto Martinez masterminded the transfer window in August and a new brand of attacking free-flowing football is suiting the Toffees to the ground.
Everton are just one point behind their arch rivals as it stands and are well on target to surpassing last year's total and compiling a charge for the Champions League places is perfectly viable.
The benefit that both teams have over their rivals below them are that neither side will have to strain their resources in any European competitions and can focus on having their teams fresh for the league.
Manchester United are languishing in seventh spot at the moment and will it looks like they will need to put together another winning run to get themselves back in contention.
It still would be impossible to rule out the Manchester side climbing back into the top four of the Premier League with their form in the remaining months being traditionally ruthless.
Tottenham Hotspur have had a difficult time with Andre Villas-Boas losing his job and new head coach Tim Sherwood being handed the reins until the end of the season.
Victory at Old Trafford was a statement of their intent and will Tottenham will undoubtedly be hunting down the two Merseyside teams for the glory and financial reward that the Champions League offers.
The race for fourth is set to go to the wire but at this stage the table suggests that its the team's on Merseyside that will be favourites to claim it.
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