Everton boss David Moyes believes the gap between his team and Liverpool is now as close as he can remember during his time in charge.
Moyes, working with just a fraction of the Anfield side's budget, has finished above Liverpool only once in his nine years at the Goodison Park helm.
His side have an excellent chance to improve on that record this season as they head into Sunday's 215th Merseyside derby level with the Reds - albeit in mid-table - in the Barclays Premier League.
The Toffees are improving after a sluggish start to the campaign while Liverpool remain a club in turmoil after changing their manager and losing twice in the past week.
Moyes is yet to oversee a win at Anfield but is hopeful that could change this weekend. The Scot said: "We have done well against the bigger sides and hopefully we can do it against Liverpool. The difference in the spending between the two clubs is a different world completely.
"But we have competed quite well with Liverpool, we have tried to be up there. The gap is probably as close now as it has ever been. Both clubs are probably not happy with their league positions - certainly we're not. We want to go there and try to take the points. I've not won enough derbies but hopefully we can try to turn that around."