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The two fierce rivals lock horns for the first time this season at Goodison Park on Saturday - so what do the fans of each club think about the other team, as well as their own?

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Who will be the key player for your team in this match?


EVERTON: If he starts in his best position of just behind the striker, Tim Cahill will be Everton’s key player. He has shown his derby prowess in recent years having scored in last season's Goodison derby, which ended in a 2-0 win
for the Toffees.

If they start, Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Louis Saha and Apostolos Vellios could all be influential in orchestrating a win for the Toffees, but I think defender Phil Jagielka will need to be on top form to keep Liverpool at bay.

Liverpool: It's always been Steven Gerrard down the years, and he'll certainly be important if he plays. But I'll say Luis Suarez. If we can get him on the ball in the right areas, he's unstoppable.

Who will be your team's most dangerous opponent?

EVERTON: Luis Suarez looks a snip at £20m. His technical and finishing abilities have been evident for all to see already this season. Everton will need to keep Suarez quiet should they win this match, but Andy Carroll is a notable mention; he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire thus far but is likely to cause Sylvain Distin problems on Saturday.

LIVERPOOL: Marouane Fellaini. He's probably their best player on his day so it's up to our midfield to make sure it isn't. It's not like you can miss him with that barnet is it?

Who will be the opposition's weak link?

EVERTON: The quality of Liverpool's starting XI has vastly improved since the summer transfer window. Players that would have been deemed a weak link have been sold, whereas the likes of Lucas have improved.

Many Liverpool fans have been on Jordan Henderson's back recently and so he could be the weak link in their side.

LIVERPOOL: Take your pick. But I'll say Tony Hibbert. If you were compiling a Premier League crap XI, he'd be first on the list.

Which player has a point to make in this derby?

EVERTON: Louis Saha. The Frenchman has hardly seen much action this season after a combination of both injury and fitness problems. His Twitter ramblings did not help matters, but the 33-year-old will be determined to start and score against Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL: Andy Carroll needs a goal. His overall play has improved, and he looks fitter and sharper. But he needs to top that off by getting on the scoresheet.

Most likely player in your team to see red?

EVERTON: Tim Cahill, Phil Neville, and Tony Hibbert have all had derby troubles in the past, but I think Maroune Fellaini will need to be careful if deployed in his defensive midfield role.

LIVERPOOL: Hard to choose. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll - all have got it in them to get sent off. But it's that kind of passion you need to win these games.

Which opposition player will get booed the most by your supporters?

EVERTON: Everton fans don't share a fondness for the likes of Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher. If they are involved I wouldn’t expect either of them to receive a favourable reception.

LIVERPOOL: We'll be too busy reminding their fans of the last time they won a trophy.


Your favourite Merseyside derby memory

EVERTON: The derby success of 2006 brings back good memories. It was Andy Johnson who scored two goals in a 3-0 victory. Liverpool had the better results from derby matches in years before so it was nice to see Everton win for a change.

LIVERPOOL: So many to choose from - The FA Cup finals, the 2006 Anfield derby when Everton fans celebrated Gerrard's sending off like a goal... and we still won. I'll go for Goodison 2001 when, with 10 men (again), we won in stoppage time thanks to Gary McAllister's 44-yard free-kick. That gave us the momentum to go on and win three trophies that season.

Your starting XI for the match...

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Fellaini, Rodwell
Coleman, Cahill, Osman
Saha
LIVERPOOL
 
Reina
Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique
Kuyt, Lucas, Gerrard, Downing
Carroll
Suarez

Reasoning behind the team


EVERTON: As much as I'd like to see the likes of Apostolos Vellios and Roysten Drenthe start, judging by the players' comments this week it seems much more likely that the experienced 'tried and tested' players will start instead. Everton have a near full strength squad so David Moyes will find it tricky to pick his starting XI, but one thing is for sure; Everton must start with at least one natural striker if they have ambitions to win this game.

Some Evertonians will suggest Seamus Coleman has been ineffective recently, rushed back too soon and should be benched or moved to right-back, whereas others will wish for Tim Cahill – without a goal in 2011 - to be dropped in favour of the impressive 19-year-old striker Vellios. However, most importantly for me, I think Moyes should unleash boyhood Evertonian Ross Barkley. He wasn’t involved against Manchester City last week but I think the England Under-21 international has the ability to unlock Liverpool’s defence and be a key player for the Toffees should he start.

It will be difficult to see Jack Rodwell not start against Liverpool, after an impressive performance against Manchester City last week.

LIVERPOOL: The defence picks itself as injuries mean we are denied the services of Danny Agger and Glen Johnson. It's too early for Sebastian Coates - the derby is no place to blood a Premier League rookie. In midfield, Dirk Kuyt offers better protection for Martin Kelly than Jordan Henderson and is always likely to pop up with a goal. He's got five against Everton down the years, and he's probably managed more goals at Goodison than Victor Anichebe.

I'd go for Gerrard in midfield because he's looked sharp in his cameos so far and knows what the derby is all about. He's more dynamic than Charlie Adam who has looked a little bit one-paced so far this season. Up front, I'd stick with Carroll as he was much improved against Wolves and he seems the type who would relish a battle, which this inevitably will be.

Prediction (score and scorers)

EVERTON: You cannot really predict the score for a Merseyside derby, but I think it will end up 2-1 either way. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a 1-1 or 2-2 draw either with the likes of Tim Cahill and Luis Suarez getting on the scoresheet. Liverpool have a squad full of new signings and will pose a different threat from the side that took only one point from Everton last season. The Blues have lost some good players but we should still see an interesting game.

LIVERPOOL: 2-0 to Liverpool. Suarez and Carroll.

And, finally, would you be up for sharing a ground?

EVERTON: No. It doesn’t matter whether either of the clubs would entertain the matter because the majority of supporters – Reds or Blues - wouldn’t. One of the main issues would be the size of the stadium; Liverpool would want a 65-70,000 seater-stadium whereas Everton would want closer to a 50-55,000 seater-stadium. I think sharing a stadium is a non-starter, both clubs need to keep their own identities distinctly separate.

LIVERPOOL: No. The city has sustained two football clubs since 1892 and the ground is a key part of our identities. The only people that want it are politicians.

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