Liverpool are currently five points behind their city rivals Everton but while the Reds are looking to bring in striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for £12m, the Toffees will have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini in the January transfer window.
The Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of Sturridge and tried to sign him on loan in August, but the Chelsea front man wanted a permanent move and adding depth is essential to Rodger's plans after losing striker Andy Caroll to West Ham without a replacement put pressure on Luis Suarez. To be only five points off Everton is a testament to the shifts that Suarez has put in and buoyed by the 4-0 win over Fulham at Anfield on Saturday, the team will push on and get better with a squad that has more quality in depth than the Goodison Road outfit.
Signing Raheem Sterling to a long term deal this week is a major coup for Rodgers who is building a side around the much improved Steven Gerrard and Sterling is only going to get better after signing a new five-year deal at Liverpool.
John Henry has shrewdly put in place a structure to be successful on and off the field and Everton will need to find the cash in January if his team are to continue to punch above their weight.
Everton are traditionally slow starters but strong finishers and David Moyes will be the Blue messiah if he can keep his squad fit and hold onto Fellaini to be top team come May.