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Battle for the top four: The Merseyside clubs

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GMS Academy member Joseph Stuart takes a look at the prospects of the two Merseyside clubs...

Liverpool - Fourth place on 46 points

Key players: Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez

Liverpool clearly have two players they look at to lead them to glory, and that is the stunning pair of Sturridge and Suarez, more commonly known as Liverpool's own 'SAS'.

Uruguayan Suarez came back after five games out and after scoring two goals on his return, he never looked back. The 27-year old has now hit the net 23 times and picked up six assists in the league and with Sturridge returning from injury SAS are back at it.

Missing eight games through injury England forward Sturridge has totalled 13 goals this season in the league and has scored four goals in 186 minutes of football since he returned.

Captain Steven Gerrard will also be crucial to Liverpool's success in the heart of the team. Contributing six goals and seven assists this season, Gerrard has scored three of those goals in Liverpool's last three league games and his form (as well as his passion) will surely drive the Reds forward. 

Their current form as dropped in comparison to earlier in the season however it still looks good with a recent 4-0 demolition of Everton at Anfield. Liverpool had a tough run where they lost 2-1 away against both Manchester City and Chelsea consecutively. They have however picked themselves up from those losses and have managed three wins and a draw in four games.

Liverpool are to play Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea at home as well as Manchester United away so they will hope to capitalise on their home advantage. 

Possible points: 38 points from 45 available 

Everton - Sixth place on 42 points

Key players: Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas 

Everton have done very well under new manager Roberto Martinez and are even above Manchester United who are managed by ex-manager David Moyes. Lots of Everton's success is down to their defensive capabilities, and their defenders are able to contribute at both ends of the field.

Leighton Baines has scored three goals this season and assisted once while right-back Seamus Coleman has hit the net five times this term, while he has also provided another. Jagielka and Coleman have been key to Everton keeping nine clean sheets this season (Baines missed two of these games).

Attracting attention from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United youngster Ross Barkley has three goals and two assist to his name and will be a major driving force in Everton's push for a top four finish.

With loanee Romelu Lukaku now out injured the Toffees will now be looking to Kevin Mirallas to be Everton's main attacking threat. The Belgian has scored five goals this season and if Everton are to feature in the Champions League next year they will hope he continues to score. 

With only three losses this season you would expect Everton to be somewhere near the top of the Premier League. The Toffees have had a slight drop in form as two of their three defeats have come in their last six league games, they also picked up two wins and two draws in their last six.

Everton will hopefully bounce back from the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool as they await travels to White Heart Lane and Stamford Bridge as well as home games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. 

Possible points: 33 points from 45 available 

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