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Merseysidederby

It's that time of year again, Everton vs. Liverpool is one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the season. The Merseyside derby is arguably the biggest in England and, as usual, will provide plenty of talking points.

Both teams go into the match in decent form. Last week, Liverpool beat Wolves 2-1 at home while Everton lost against Manchester City but beat Wigan the week before by three goals to one.

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Liverpool FC's 'accidental hero' Dirk Kuyt eager to continue his Merseyside derby goalscoring record

DIRK KUYT admits he is relishing the chance to continue his excellent record in Merseyside derby matches when Liverpool travel to Everton this weekend - and revealed how Andriy Voronin's sudden bout of nerves gave him the chance to be a Reds hero.

Everton FC v Liverpool FC: Merseyside derby's recent history dominated by red mist and red cards

WHO will have the hardest job in Saturday's 216th Merseyside derby?

Merseyside derby: Labour MPs Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram give their predictions (VIDEO)

ONE ISSUE has dominated the Labour Party conference this week for local MPs - the 216th Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool which takes place at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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Reds legend John Barnes: Liverpool FC are going places under Kenny Dalglish

ANFIELD legend John Barnes believes Liverpool FC will head into Saturday's Merseyside derby as a powerful unified force under Kenny Dalglish.

Hillsborough tragedy documents 'will not be blacked out' to protect government embarassment

SENSITIVE sections of the hidden Hillsborough disaster files will not remain barred to the public, the ECHO can reveal.

John Aldridge: Too early to crown Luis Suarez a Liverpool FC legend

I LOVE Luis Suarez and he's absolutely phenomenal but it's too early to be talking about him as a Liverpool FC legend.

Lucas Leiva says Liverpool FC fans need to be patient with Jordan Henderson

LUCAS LEIVA believes Jordan Henderson will flourish at Liverpool but insists patience is required as the midfelder adapts to his new surroundings.

Dirk Kuyt faces battle to win his Liverpool FC starting place back

DIRK KUYT is on a mission to win back his place in the Liverpool side.



With Liverpool's up and down start to the season it would be just too easy to begin looking for faults. Kenny signed eight new players during the summer transfer window and sold or loaned out 16 players. Of those eight, five have featured in the first six games of the season which makes for radicle changes in the squad. You can even argue that Carroll and Suarez are still relative newcomers, so does it make sense to think that they would all gel quickly and perform at the highest level from the opening game of the season? It's just not going to happen. Better to judge how Liverpool have performed and where we sit in the table in January or, as Kenny might say, next May.

Yesterday marked the return of Mick McCarthy and Wolverhampton to Anfield, but would it be also be the return of the horror show that we all witnessed last season.  That I am sure you will all remember as the game that signalled the end of Roy Hodson's reign at the club.

Fast forward twelve months and we now have a squad managed by a man who is determined to bring the good times back to the club.  Would today be the day that our faltering season would begin once more?

As you all know, last Sunday, the team were a shadow of what they can be and floundered from the moment they walked onto White Hart Lane.  Today though, they were back at Anfield, with a mid-week win in the Carling Cup under their belts.  This win also included the return of Stevie G to the team albeit in a cameo performance and although Kenny had reiterated many times that he would be re-introduced gradually, it was not only hoped but expected that he would be on the team sheet that afternoon.

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