Liverpool vs Everton: Why It's Better Now To Be A Toffee Than A Kopite

Liverpool might have won some silverware but with Everton resurgent and Liverpool's expensive signings failing to light up Anfield, the Toffees go into tonight's game with a chance to go above the reds...
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Liverpool might have won some silverware but with Everton resurgent and Liverpool's expensive signings failing to light up Anfield, the Toffees go into tonight's game with a chance to go above the reds...

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Liverpool v Everton: Why It's Better To Be A Toffee Than A Kopite

Liverpool have won some silverware at Wembley, have a club legend back at the helm and have upgraded their American chairmen.

Yet, now could well be a better time to be a blue than a red on Merseyside. There are more similarities between the two clubs than many would believe, but the key difference is David Moyes. A grasp on reality is lacking at Anfield right now, for fans and manager alike.

Kenny Dalglish has already proven his ability as a manager on more than one occasion. But the Premier League in 2012 is a very different place to the one that Dalglish conquered with Jack Walker’s millions, let alone the Barclays Bank First Division that he dominated nearly a quarter of a century ago. His continued protection of Suarez, possibly the only of his buys other than Luis Enrique to justify his price tag, was  nothing sort of embarrassing. Proof of how out of touch he is - PR is the new man-management and Dalglish has been far slower to defend his other signings performances on the pitch than he his star-forward’s abhorrent behaviour. Both apologies came at least one episode too late in this saga.

And spending the revenue recouped from the sale of Torres with a panic-stricken outlay on Andy Carroll was nothing short of nonsensical. Compare this with the £80m that burnt a hole in Sir Alex’s pocket for a good 12 months because there was not ‘value available on the market’.

Moyes on the other hand has no such riches to spend. Maybe, that is a good thing; Fellaini aside, his bigger money buys haven’t been huge successes so far.

Everton have let strikers Yakubu, Jermaine Beckford Louis Saha go this season as well as creator-in-chief Mikel Arteta – all have taken on a new lease of life elsewhere – and have subsequently scored just 28 goals in 27 games.

Has there been a Liverpool side more defensive at home in living memory?

Liverpool have strikers to spare, including the very astute resigning of Bellamy and yet have mustered just two goals more. Has there been a Liverpool side more defensive at home in living memory? After three consecutive losses in the league they are only two points ahead.

Everton have kicked on in the last few weeks, and with Jelavic showing why he was so highly sought after against Spurs on Saturday there is no reason Everton can’t overtake Liverpool this evening. There is also the added bonus of Rodwell, Osman, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman and Barkley returning from long term lay-offs. Not exactly an elite group, but essential cogs in the Moyes machine. A machine that is back to its best at Goodison Park of late.

Both teams are financially weaker than the teams above them in the table; largely because both need a new stadium.  Match day revenue for Manchester United currently outstrips Liverpool by around £25m a season and Everton’s corporate hospitality is laughable. And the gap is only going to get bigger.

What funds Moyes has had have been spent tying down players to long term contracts. It could be said that the departure of Dan Gosling taught Moyes more than those of Rooney and Lescott.

The Reds on Merseyside will no doubt argue that games against Manchester United are bigger than the Merseyside derby, but the fact remains that Liverpool are closer to Everton in the table than they are United and have been so more often than not during David Moyes’ reign.

On the plus side Merseyside has always been a hotbed of footballing talent beyond mathematical proportion and both red and blue sides are happy to blood their youngsters. With ventures into the transfer market on both sides of Stanley Park funded largely by player sales the next crop of youngsters are important if anyone on Merseyside is going to keep pace with the Manchester clubs.

If the unthinkable happens and Liverpool fail to finish above Everton in the league, will the romance of King Kenny’s return continue to blind Liverpool fans if they don’t even make Thursday nights on Channel 5?

David Moyes is 12 years Dalgish’s junior and appears to have got over that prolonged seven year itch when he was publicly irritated by the clubs lack of progress. It would appear now that he has accepted the challenge of the rebuild and admitted this weekend that he 'lives for beating Liverpool'. If he manages that tonight, the damage to his opposite number's reputation could be fatal.

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