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By Sam Lyon

1815: Well that was another barn-storming weekend of Premier League football wasn't it? Stunning. I'm sure you lot have plenty to get off your chest about it as well, so why not head over to 606 on Radio 5 Live to air your views? And if you fancy ruminating on the weekend's action in a more visual way, check out Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two tonight from 2200 BST. I'm off to see if anyone in football actually really knows the offside rule, so thanks for your company folks - you're all heroes. Join Chris Whyatt for the Monday night Blackburn-Sunderland game now won't you? Excellent.

In Malky I trust on 606: "I don't think City are champion material. If Tevez got injured they'd draw or lose every game."
And what if Carlos Tevez stays fit all season?

1809: By the way, those goals today have taken Carlos Tevez clear as South America's all-time leading goalscorer in the Premier League. He moves on to 56 goals, pushing Gus Poyet (54) into second. He has also taken his record to 28 goals in his last 31 Premier League outings - remarkable.

Jedd95 on 606: "You know what? That could be the end of United's dominance in Manchester. I hate to say it, but City are pulling away."

1805: Right then, what do we think folks? Chelsea v Man City for this season's Premier League title? There's a long, long way to go of course, but the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United (and maybe even Tottenham?) have some stepping up to do no?

joe_russ on Twitter: "Well and truly robbed by yet another poor refereeing decision... (will I get a touchline ban for saying that?)"

Usman, MUFC fan, via text: "I've got an awful feeling there won't be much difference in the top five of tonight and the top five come May."

Jobbed via text: "It should have been 3-1 the other way. This game needs to be dragged into the 21st century with video ref. What a joke."

adek1991 on Twitter: "And the award for most unfair result of the weekend goes to..."

Full time
1753: FULL TIME Blackpool 2-3 Man City
No, they can't, as the final whistle goes. There will be questions surrounding City's first two goals, but either way that is a crucial win for Manchester City, who jump to within two points of league leaders Chelsea.

Blackpool goal: Three minutes into stoppage time and Gary Taylor-Fletcher reduces Blackpool's arrears from close range after Charlie Adam's well-worked near-post corner is flicked on Luke Varney. Surely they can't snatch a draw?

1751: GOALFLASH Blackpool 2-3 Man City (Taylor-Fletcher)

Man City goal: If there were doubts about the legitimacy of City's first two goals, there are absolutely none there. David Silva collects a quick free-kick, sells a couple of dummies to the Blackpool defenders, and then curls nonchalantly into the far corner left-footed. A glorious way to mark your first Premier League goal - and one that surely ensures City will jump up to second in the table this evening.

1748: GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-3 Man City (Silva)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1744: Carlos Tevez looks like he is going to win this game almost single-handedly for City, and he nearly makes it 3-1 with a smart turn and shot that Ian Evatt does brilliantly to deflect up on to the bar and away.

1742: Patrick Vieira comes on for Manchester City, replacing Adam Johnson, as the visitors look to close out a precious win.

SoccerDotTel on Twitter: "Tevez is a real game-changer."

Man City goal: Blackpool's restored parity lasts less than a minute as Carlos Tevez - with the hosts claiming a foul on Ian Evatt - drives into the corner via a big, and crucial, deflection off Craig Cathcart. More than an element of fortune around both City goals, but do they care? Not a jot.

Blackpool goal: Super-sub Marlon Harewood levels it up, flicking a lovely header into the far corner from Charlie Adam's free-kick.

1737: GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-2 Man City (Tevez)

1736: GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-1 Man City (Harewood)

1734: Another couple of substitutions with 15 minutes to go - Micah Richards replacing Jerome Boateng for City and Matt Phillips on for Neal Eardley for the hosts.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1730: Oh that would've been a beauty, James Milner's whipped curler from outside the area crashing back off the Blackpool bar with Matt Gilks nowhere near it. What is it they say about good teams winning when they don't play well? Man City have certainly stepped it up since that Carlos Tevez goal.

1729: What a difference a goal makes - this is real ding-dong stuff, now. James Milner almost doubles City's lead with a dinked finish over the onrushing Matt Gilks, but Ian Evatt is on hand to clear from goal.

1728: Blackpool go within inches of an immediate reply, but Charlie Adam's curled free-kick just goes the wrong side of the upright. No sign of heads bowed among the Tangerines.

Man City goal: Sucker punch. David Silva's impact is immediate, the Spaniard twisting and turning and then sliding a low cross in for Carlos Tevez to clip delightfully into the far corner. The salt in Blackpool's wounds? It looked offside.

1725: GOALFLASH Blackpool 0-1 Man City (Tevez)

1724: A change apiece, with Marlon Harewood on for Elliott Grandin for Blackpool, and David Silva replacing Emmanuel Adebayor for Man City.

1722: Blimey, City are reeling - Neal Eardley the latest to sting the palms of Joe Hart, the defender's low angled drive tipped around the post by the England international.

1720: Close. Charlie Adam feeds off a dinking DJ Campbell run but his rising blaster from 20 yards is pushed over by City keeper Joe Hart. There's only one team in it at the moment.

1718: Blackpool visibly growing in confidence, putting together a lovely passing move as they continue to impress their game on Man City. Where's the clinical finish they need, though?

1715: Replays show Gary Taylor-Fletcher wasn't offside, but Elliott Grandin in the centre of goal was. Another one for the what-counts-as-interfering-with-play debate following Tom Huddlestone's controversial goal yesterday.

1713: This time Blackpool do have the ball in the net when Gary Taylor-Fletcher chips home from inside the area, but the offside flag had already been raised. GTF is not convinced - might be worth another look, that.

1711: What. A. Miss. Blackpool may not get a better chance to win this match. Luke Varney breaks in behind the Man City defence and his lobbed square pass finds DJ Campbell all alone in the area. The striker's first touch is lovely to bring it under control, but then he clips wide of the goal with Joe Hart beaten. Ian Holloway buries his head in his hands in the stands.

1710: Already signs of improvement from City in this half, the visitors finally starting to press the ball in midfield and show some urgency in attack.

1707: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini already has David Silva warming up on the touchline.

1705: Blackpool pick up where they left off in the first half with a buzzy start to the half - but it's Man City who are the first to get into a decent position as they earn a corner, Vincent Kompany heading it wide.

1703: Second half up and running.

1701: Here come the players, doesn't look like there are any changes. Now - can Blackpool keep this up and turn their chances into goals? Or will City underline their title credentials with an improved showing in the second half? Let's find out...

BLUES55 on 606: "If you squint a bit Ian Holloway looks a bit like Alf Ramsey."

fakesound on Twitter: "How about Holloway - Liverpool manager?!"

Anon via text: "Blackpool have been the better side so far, but need to start converting there chances into goals."

oaktowers on Twitter: "Ian Holloway for England manager?"

Half time
1650: HALF-TIME Blackpool 0-0 Man City
Ian Hughes reports:
"Blackpool well on top in the first 45 minutes, combining a high-pressure game without the ball and composure on it to leave City struggling to get a foothold."

1646: That's the half-time whistle.

1644: How on earth? Golden chances for Manchester City to take the lead but first Emmanuel Adebayor and then Carlos Tevez fail to get anywhere near enough on their headers from Joleon Lescott's flick-on inside the six-yard box and Matt Gilks is allowed to gratefully claim.

1643: Some respite for Manchester City as they forge forward for the first time in a while and earn a corner - only for James Milner to curl it straight out of play. A waste.

1639: My word, Luke Varney chases down the City defenders then pressures Joe Hart when the ball is rolled back to the Man City keeper - and he is within inches of closing him down and deflecting the ball into the net as the England international resorts to smashing the ball out of play. Typical of Blackpool's all-action, all-heart approach.

Neveronfrontpage on 606: "I'm a City fan so of course I want City to win, but Ian Holloway is everything that is right about English football..."

1634: That's the only area in which Blackpool have been lacking so far today - in attack - DJ Campbell this time off target with a header from Stephen Crainey.

1632: The energy and commitment of this Blackpool team really is something to behold at times, they are not giving City an inch anywhere on the park. Can they keep it up though?

(Tennis player) Andy Murray on Twitter: "Blackpool are so good to watch! Loving what Ian Holloway has done."

mdriver11 on Twitter: "Blackpool are proving here that team spirit can match up to money any day."

1626: Manchester City are rattled, here, and Blackpool look far the likelier to open the scoring. Gary Taylor-Fletcher is the latest to bundle his way into the City area and he has a clean shot on goal, but it's a little wayward and Vincent Kompany is able to block it away from goal.

1622: Shoot-on-sight seems to be the Blackpool approach today - which is a shame on this occasion because Luke Varney blazes wide when a little slide-rule pass would've released Gary Taylor-Fletcher inside the City area.

1619: Well worked again by Manchester City - James Milner's cross headed goalwards by Vincent Kompany - but again it is straight at Matt Gilks, who saves easily.

1616: Blackpool look far from overwhelmed, here, and Ian Holloway will be more than happy with his side's start to this match I'm sure. He'll be happy in the stands, of course, given that he's serving a touchline ban today. Steve Thompson is the man pitchside barking instructions today.

1613: That's got the home fans singing too, Carlos Tevez falling over theatrically attempting a volley inside the Blackpool area - the whistle had long since gone for a foul by Gareth Barry anyway.

1610: That's got the home fans singing, a driving run by Luke Varney ending with Joe Hart just about scrambling the Blackpool man's cross away from goal. Very open start to this match - nice.

1608: Blackpool frontman DJ Campbell finds himself in some space going at the City defence, but his attempted drive from 25 yards slides wide.

Omegawebby on Twitter: "I can't believe Roy has actually made those comments. Playing like a relegation haunted side and getting worse by the week."

1606: Ooh - terrific save by Matt Gilks, the Blackpool keeper getting his fingers on a fierce Adam Johnson drive to tip over. Batten down the hatches, Blackpool fans...

1605: Excellent tracking back from David Vaughan, the diminutive midfielder closing Adam Johnson down well after the City winger had been released by James Milner. Already the pattern of the match looks to have been set - City piling forward, Blackpool looking to break.

Everton manager David Moyes: "I've not beaten Liverpool enough since I've been here. Today the players showed great commitment and right from the start I thought we played well."

1602: Great ball from Carlos Tevez, gaining half a yard on Ian Evatt and whipping across Blackpool's six-yard area - unfortunately for him, though, Emmanuel Adebayor didn't anticipate it and is nowhere near what would've been a simple tap-in.

1601: Early sniff at goal from James Milner, but his shot from the edge of the area is easily held by Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks.

1600: We're up and running. Nice and prompt.

1559: Wow - Bloomfield Road is absolutely jumping. Fair play to the Tangerines, they're going to make sure they enjoy every last minute of their stay in the Premier League, however long it lasts. Love it.

Lord Alan Sugar on Twitter: "Liverpool problems - I think Hodgson was bad move. Players not playing for him. Bet he's sorry he left Fulham he was big cog in small wheel."

1555: Back at Bloomfield Road - Manchester City players will be donning black armbands today, in memory of Malcolm Allison - their legendary former boss who passed away on Friday aged 83. I said it yesterday and forgive me if I say it again - a proper legend and a proper character. RIP.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson: "I don't think he (Torres) is physically unfit. We don't have any injury problems with him. He got battered for his performances at the World Cup and mentally he is a bit low. He needs a goal to get his confidence back. I have no qualms with his performance against Everton. I don't feel it to be a crisis because the way we have played today I don't think anyone would believe that is the type of football of a team in the bottom three. I think we can consider ourselves unlucky."

Ian Hughes reports:
"So Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge makes his first league appearance of the season, one of three changes to the team with Adam Johnson and Emmanuel Adebayor also recalled - Kolo Toure, David Silva and Yaya Toure all stand down. Blackpool are unchanged."

Superdan_484 on Twitter: "In three weeks Yaya Toure will have earned enough money to buy Charlie Adam (Blackpool's record signing) and have change..."

Piggin_Tea_Break on 606: "Who would Liverpool actually buy in January? Very few teams sell their big name players mid-season, and even if they were considering doing so, it will be for massively inflated prices."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports:
"Everton win 2-0 - and a desperate performance from Liverpool despite all their second half possession. Tough times for Liverpool and Roy Hodgson. Quite simply too many average players. Everton, and their fans, jubilant as they mischievously taunt their counterparts with chants of 'Going Down'."

LewisSappy on Twitter: "I can't believe I'm saying this, but could Man City be the only team able to challenge Chelsea for the title this season?"

1540: A slightly worrying view put forward by Liverpool legend and former Leeds striker Robbie Fowler on Sky, suggesting the Leeds team that got relegated in 2004 "was better than that Liverpool side that played today". Ouch.

Anon via text: "RE: hugrrr - difference is Spurs acted fast and got a new manager. Liverpool will probably get relegated then change management, it's how we roll. Slow in everything."

Ian Hughes reports:
"Manchester City have the chance to move up to second in the table and show that they are ready to challenge for the title but they face a Blackpool side who will be desperate to earn their first home win of the season to go with their outstanding away haul that has seen them make an impressive start to life in the Premier League."

1535: More on that fine Everton win to come, then, but let's have a look at Blackpool-Man City for a bit shall we?

Buffalloz on Twitter: "Just one word 'WORRIED'!"

hugrrr on 606: "Cheers up Liverpool fans, Spurs had two points from eight games at this time of the season in 2008, and very nearly ended up qualifying for Europa by the end of the season."

1530: That result sees Liverpool drop a place to 19th in the table with only West Ham's poorer goal difference keeping them off the bottom of the table. Unbelievable. Everton, meanwhile, move up to 11th in the table - pleasing for the Blue half of Merseyside, but not as pleasing as having bragging rights for the foreseeable future I'd wager.

Gerrardswhiskers on 606: "Absolute cow pats. I did mention to the Toffees fans on Friday this would be an easy win for them. Sadly I am proved right."

Ben, Winchester via text: "Liverpool look to be so far down in the dumps they need a miracle of Chilean mining proportions to rescue them. So sad!"

Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey, Grandin, Vaughan, Adam, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney. Subs: Kingson, Southern, Harewood, Sylvestre, Phillips, Carney, Keinan.
Man City: Hart, Boateng, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Adam Johnson, De Jong, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Adebayor. Subs: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Santa Cruz, Silva, Vieira.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Full time
1526: FULL-TIME Everton 2-0 Liverpool

1525: Snap-shots from Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles, but the first is blocked and the latter is wide.

1524: Cracking defending by Sylvan Distin, just getting ahead of David Ngog - who otherwise would've had a simple tap-in two yards out - to cut out Milan Jovanovic's cross. Epitomised Everton's commitment today, has Distin.

1522: Almost the cherry on the icing on the cake for Everton as a counter-attack falls to Jermaine Beckford in space, but the substitute's effort from outside the area zips over the bar.

1521: We'll have four minutes of injury time at Goodison Park.

Emmanuel Adebayor starts up front for Manchester City in what looks a change of formation for Roberto Mancini's side, 4-4-2.

1518: Best opening of the half for Liverpool. Fernando Torres chests Steven Gerrard's pass down inside the area and lashes goalwards, but Tim Howard spreads himself well to save with his legs.

1517: Liverpool break from an Everton corner and it looks a promising set-up with four in attack - but Steven Gerrard's low shot flies harmlessly wide. The Red half of Merseyside praying for a miracle now.

1515: Everton look more than happy to sit on this 2-0 lead now, while Liverpool roll the dice again by bringing Milan Jovanovic on for Maxi Rodriguez.

1513: Liverpool starting to throw numbers forward now with Everton defending deep, and moments after Raul Meireles has a shot blocked inside the area, Steven Gerrard's slide-rule pass is shovelled behind by Tim Howard with Fernando Torres lurking at the back post.

1510: Jermaine Beckford goes down under pressure from Martin Skrtel inside the area, but referee Howard Webb waves away the penalty appeals. Good decision by the look of the replay.

1509: Half a chance up the other end as Phil Jagielka attempts to get on the end of Jermaine Beckford's nod-down, but he slices well wide.

1507: Immediate impact by Jermaine Beckford - on Martin Skrtel's calf. The substitute goes into the book as a result. Less than 15 minutes of normal time left in this one, and for all their possession in the last 10-15 minutes, Liverpool still lacking that cutting edge.

1505: And now another change for Everton - and it's an attacking one, Jermaine Beckford coming on for goalscorer Mikel Arteta.

1503: Here comes that change for Liverpool - David Ngog coming on to replace Lucas. Everton boss David Moyes responds by bringing Tony Hibbert on for Johnny Heitinga.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park: "Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson deep in discussion with Sammy Lee. Needs something to happen quickly here. Liverpool enjoying more possession now and have to make it count."

1458: Joe Cole has been more than a touch anonymous today it has to be said, but he almost pulls a rabbit out of the hat when he cuts inside and lashes a shot at goal from 20 yards - the ball ripping inches over Tim Howard's bar.

1456: Liverpool just starting to cause the odd heart flutter in the Everton box now, but Fernando Torres looks every inch a man bereft of form or confidence as he blazes miles over the bar from inside the area after a neat nod-down by Maxi Rodriguez.

1454: Speculative long-ranger from Raul Meireles, easily saved by Tim Howard.

1451: Liverpool doing their best to get a foothold in the game with a spell of controlled possession - but Everton are happy for them to have the ball in their own half and are then too savvy for them when the visitors press forward. So far, anyway.

1448: I wonder if the likes of Milan Jovanovic, David Ngog and Ryan Babel will be asked to warm up for Liverpool soon. Something has to change for the visitors, because Everton are in cruise control right now - very impressive, the hosts.

1445: Everton certainly are buzzing now, and only some scrambling defence brings a halt to another surging run from the impressive Seamus Coleman.

Everton goal: Boom. Leighton Baines's corner falls to Mikel Arteta on the of the box and the Spaniard positively creams a drive through the pack of players in the area and past a flailing Pepe Reina. Liverpool are reeling.

1441: GOALFLASH Everton 2-0 Liverpool (Arteta)

1440: Nip-and-tuck start to the half at Goodison Park, but some good hold-up play by Yakubu helps earn Everton a corner...

1437: Half a glimpse at goal barely a minute into the half for Liverpool, but winger Maxi Rodriguez's stinging low drive is well held by Toffees keeper Tim Howard.

1436: Everton kick off the second half, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov having replaced Leon Osman in their midfield.

1434: The players are back out at Goodison Park - well, the Liverpool players are. Perhaps Roy Hodgson quite literally lit a fire under them in the dressing room. A couple of minutes or shoe-gazing for the visitors later and here come the hosts...

Floorless on Twitter: "RE Darren on 606: I'm sorry but if the players need motivating for a Merseyside derby, they shouldn't be wearing the shirt!"

Darren on 606: "Liverpool need somebody to motivate them and Roy Hodgson was never going to be the man. I think it's time for somebody like Martin O'Neill to take us on because the more games we let Hodgson try the further we'll slip into mediocrity!"

Anon via text: "Who will Liverpool blame this on then if they lose? No more off-field excuses for them anymore. The Everton boys clearly want it more."

adamheayberd on Twitter: "In a way it's good if Liverpool get beaten, surely Henry will feel obliged to put his cash towards some new players."

Half time
1420: HALF-TIME Everton 1-0 Liverpool:
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snap-shot:
"Everton fully deserve their lead. Liverpool disjointed and lacking threat. Roy Hodgson needs to earn his money now."

1419: And that's the half-time whistle.

1417: Leon Osman stings a shot at goal 25 yards out, but it's straight at Pepe Reina. We'll have two minutes of stoppage time.

1416: A fabulous ball from Steven Gerrard almost releases Fernando Torres down the right, but Sylvan Distin does well to cover and clear. Liverpool need those two far more in tandem in the second half.

MikeEightyNine on Twitter: "That is Cahill's fifth Merseyside Derby goal - overtaking Duncan Ferguson, the previous post-war record holder, who had four."

1412: Oh, put a name on it fella - the ball spins up in the Everton area and Raul Meireles looks to have a clean run at it for a shot on goal - but Fernando Torres gets in his way in his own efforts to reach it and neither can get a decent contact.

i_am_zip on Twitter: "I don't want to jump on the Konchesky bandwagon but he really should've stopped the cross for that goal."

1409: That's little more than Everton deserved after their high-tempo start to this match, and yet it came just as Liverpool looked to be settling into the match. Work for Roy Hodgson to do now.

Everton goal: Tim Cahill is the scorer, but he owes so much to Seamus Coleman, whose driving run down the right sets him up for a crashing finish eight yards out. Cracking goal.

1406: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Liverpool (Cahill)

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Goodison Park: "No-one expected a classic - and we are not getting one. Everton the better side but, as on other occasions this season, not transforming superiority into goals. Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is a very agitated figure in his technical area."

Yellow card
1402: Thumping 20-yard effort from Raul Meireles - blocked bravely by an Everton defender - moments before the Portuguese midfielder goes into the book for a foul on Yakubu.

Yellow card
1400: Tim Cahill is the second name to be taken by Howard Webb, although I'm not sure if it was for the Australian's hack at Gerrard a couple of minutes ago or a spot of dissent. Maybe both.

1358: Good advantage played by Howard Webb after a couple of hacks at Steven Gerrard and Liverpool drive forward - only for the move to break down allowing Everton to bounce forward, Yakubu forcing a smart stop low to his right by Pepe Reina from 18 yards out.

1355: And then almost the sucker punch. Joe Cole cuts in from the left and puts the ball right on Fernando Torres's head eight yards out, Tim Howard doing well to tip the Spaniard's flick on the run over the bar. Moments later, Lucas blazes over the bar. Signs of encouragement for the visitors.

1354: A rare Liverpool foray forward, but first Steven Gerrard and then Raul Meireles are careless in possession and Everton are able to clear.

1352: That's a fabulous cross from deep from Phil Neville - but Martin Skrtel does well to get his head on it ahead of Yakubu. Still all Everton, Liverpool frequently giving the ball away.

Yellow card
1350: All right, who had 1350 in the sweepstake? It's our first yellow of the match - Maxi Rodriguez going into the book for a clumsy lunge at Leighton Baines.

Berbas_Magic_Touch on 606: "I'm looking forward to seeing some handbag images soon Mr Lyon. Can you can feel it?"
I'd put good money on it. But then, I control the handbag graphic so I guess I would.

1345: Sylvan Distin, this time, works some room in the Liverpool box but his left-foot curler from just inside the area is deflected wide. All Everton at the moment.

1343: ...Mikel Arteta's effort is straight into the wall, but the ball eventually falls to Phil Jagielka 16 yards out, only for the defender to lash wildly over the top. Half a chance, that.

1343: Everton free-kick 20 yards out...

1342: Everton are bossing these opening exchanges, pressing Liverpool quickly at every turn and getting forward at every opportunity. Full-back Seamus Coleman, in particular, looks a threat down the right.

Richard, Wimbledon, via text: "Forget the performance, Liverpool need three points. Win ugly if you have to."

1339: Everton fans have unfurled a banner reading "Agents Hicks and Gillett: Mission Accomplished". Cheeky.

1337: Raul Meireles has to be on his toes to cut out a clever Everton free-kick, the midfielder conceding a corner in the process... but twice Mikel Arteta's delivery is (just about) dealt with by the Liverpool defence.

1334: Liverpool stroking the ball about nicely early on, without ever getting too far into Everton's half. The Toffees keeping their shape in the face of an extended spell of Reds possession... and Leon Osman throws himself into a hard - but fair - challenge on Jamie Carragher to show his intent nice and early.

1332: Liverpool get the 214th Merseyside derby up and running.

1330: Right then, the players are out and Goodison Park is jumping - you ready?

Anthony33Bailey on Twitter: "Come on the Reds, we need a strong performance otherwise I can see new owners making a few changes to the squad... no-one is safe."

rrengland3 on Twitter: "Jagielka had Torres in his "back pocket" (from MOTD) last time they played. And Torres was fully fit."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports:
"Lots of talk about this being the most important Merseyside derby in 30 years - it is important but past FA Cup Finals and meetings near the top of the table overshadow a game relatively early in the season, despite the lowly league placings. Liverpool will feel John W. Henry's takeover will give them a feelgood factor and much-needed momentum, but Everton boss David Moyes is sure his side are ready to get the results he believes this term's displays have deserved. Game on."

1323: The managers have been talking to me through the magic box on my desk that some people refer to as a "TV" and here's what they've had to say. Everton boss David Moyes: "I think it [the takeover] has taken the pressure off the [Liverpool] players a little bit. [But] I can't really talk about them as we are just above them in the table." Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson adds: "There's no doubt change of ownership and the way they have presented their philosophy can be positive. I'll be very surprised if when the Merseyside derby comes around we're both in the bottom four."

1320: A few of you asking after Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen - well rumours, very much unsubstantiated at this point, are that he has had to return to Denmark on a personal matter. We're chasing it.

1317: History suggests today's encounter will be more than a little feisty, by the way, given the last 11 derbies have yielded 10 red cards. In fact, this fixture has produced 19 red cards in total, more than any other in the Premier League. I wonder if Mr Webb has found the red cards he lost at the World Cup final.

SimplyZola on 606: "I am expecting a 6-6. Let the battle commence."

rethanon on Twitter: "I can see Everton winning this but my money is on a 2-2!"

1311: So what does Infostrada's Euro Club Index say about today's derby clash? Well the numbers have been crunched and brains inched and this, with win percentage likelihood, is what it says...
Everton 42% Liverpool 28%
As for your friend and mine Mark Lawrenson, he's gone for 1-1, while basketball legend Kobe Bryant has backed Liverpool for 2-0. But the big quesion is - what are you guys going for?

Aubsz26 on Twitter: "I'm literally running from church to get to my TV for this derby."
And yet you've taken time out to Tweet me. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the commitment I'm after. Top stuff.

Matt, "working", via text: "I hate to be a wet blanket, but this game is going to be cageier than...well, a really big cage. No player will want to make a mistake in such a crucial match."

redandblackT on 606: "So Roy's already got the dreaded vote of confidence from the new owners. As if he wasn't under enough pressure..."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports:
"Everton manager David Moyes will be delighted Phil Jagielka has recovered so quickly from the hamstring injury he sustained on England duty to match up against Liverpool's Fernando Torres, who is also fit after the a groin problem forced him off early in the Anfield defeat against Blackpool. Everton's Marouane Fellaini is sidelined by a hamstring injury, while Glen Johnson and Christian Poulsen are also missing for Liverpool."

jamesacresswell on Twitter: "Will be interesting to see how Howard Webb handles this one - will be similar to the World Cup final in terms of tackles."

Rob, Londonderry via text: "I'm surprised by the Liverpool subs. Grabiner QC did a great job for us coming off the bench in midweek, he's been our greatest attacking threat this season."

1259: Of course the trouble for Roy Hodgson is that with everything sorted at boardroom level, the spotlight will inevitably focus on him now. He's already found himself begging for time from new owner John W Henry... never a good sign... but the NESV head made a point of coming out in support of his manager today, which is a good early sign. Hodgson will want to hope he ends a run of 21 matches (with Fulham and Liverpool) without an away win, mind, otherwise his seat as Liverpool manager will become hotter than a Chilean miner's pants.

In Malky I trust on 606: "It's all been set up for.... a cagey 0-0."

derekvplzni on Twitter: "Nervous, nervous, nervous! Relieved to see Jags in the 11. On paper Everton are superior. Hope it translates into reality!"

Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Heitinga, Arteta, Osman, Cahill, Yakubu. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Gueye, Mustafi, Baxter.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky, Gerrard, Lucas, Meireles, Cole, Maxi, Torres. Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Jovanovic, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Kelly.
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

cufc_WarwickRd on 606: "We all love a relegation six-pointer, but I didn't expect it to come up so early in the season!!!"

I've been sold a bit of a dummy there, Phil Jagielka DOES play for Everton - Johnny Heitinga is in to replace Marouane Fellaini.

Anon via text: "Liverpool are not rid of the terrible twosome yet. If I was being threatened with a billion pound writ I don't think I'd sleep that soundly."

Cleverclogs on 606: "Everyone's saying this is a must win game for Liverpool. I think that considering Everton have Europa League ambitions, this is a must win game for Everton."

Johnny Heitinga comes in to replace the injured Marouane Fellaini.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports:
"New Liverpool owner John W. Henry is at Goodison Park to see what his £300m investment has bought him - currently a team in the Premier League relegation zone. The dramatic backdrop of Liverpool's takeover and the perilous position they inhabit with neighbours Everton makes the 214th Merseyside derby so important. Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will want to convince his doubters with a win, while Everton counterpart David Moyes will want to make amends for two derby defeats last season."

Eggfriedmice on 606: "This is the most important Merseyside derby in decades the result of which could shape both team's season dramatically."

Fernando Torres starts for Liverpool, but Glen Johnson misses out.

Zain_Patel on Twitter: "This is a must win game for Liverpool, but more important the three points is that they put out a good performance!"

rifrafman on 606: "All I hope is the hype about this game is transferred to the pitch, if it is, we're in for a cracker."

1239: So let's crank this chat up a notch shall we? Tweet me @sampatricklyon , get chatting over on 606, or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Have it.

1236: So, Everton v Liverpool kick us off on this fine Sunday at 1330 BST with more than just a little local pride at stake - but that's not all I have to offer today... hell no. How about a sprinkling of Blackpool v Manchester City later on? Two teams pretty much at polar opposites of the moneybags scale and two teams who, the last time they met in the league, were residents of what is now called League One. How times change, huh? They get going at Bloomfield Road at approximately 1600 of your English hours - and I dare say the Tangerine half of the north west will be making the most of it regardless of the result, much like they have all season. Party time.

He said last week at his unveiling on Friday that he would like to introduce himself to the Liverpool fans at Anfield, suggesting he wouldn't be in attendance for today's derby match, but new Reds owner John W Henry IS at Goodison Park. So early in his reign, and already the lies have started. That's a joke, by the way.

1229: Yep, Liverpool have finally rid themselves of 'terrible twosome' Hicks and Gillett and can now focus on what really matters to supporters - the team. The trouble with that, of course, is that the team is enduring its worst start to a top flight campaign since 1953-54 - a season that ended in relegation - and currently reside in the Premier League's bottom three. In fact, Reds fans' only crumb of comfort to date this season has been that rivals Everton have had it just as bad so far. The Toffees have also gleaned just six points from their first seven games, have an injury list longer than Mr Tickle's arms, and can only have been reminded by the furore surrounding Liverpool's takeover this week that they could probably do with a generous sugar daddy of their own to rock along and throw money at them like confetti. In short, neither have had it so great so far this season. That could all be about to change for one of them.

1225: It's been a week of unparalleled drama at Liverpool, so what better way to end it than with a cosy little meet with your beloved local rivals? Merseyside - brace yourselves, this could get messy.

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17 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 21 19
2 Man City 8 7 17
3 Arsenal 8 8 14
4 Man Utd 8 7 14
5 Tottenham 8 3 14
6 West Brom 8 -3 12
7 Bolton 8 0 11
8 Aston Villa 8 -3 11
9 Stoke 8 -2 10
10 Blackpool 8 -5 10
11 Everton 8 1 9
12 Fulham 8 0 9
13 Wigan 8 -9 9
14 Newcastle 8 0 8
15 Sunderland 7 0 8
16 Blackburn 7 -1 8
17 Birmingham 8 -4 7
18 Wolves 8 -5 6
19 Liverpool 8 -6 6
20 West Ham 8 -9 6

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Sunday's football photos
17 Oct 10 |  Football

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