Former footballer Robbie Savage believes the Merseyside derby has lost what once made it great.

Liverpool are flying in the Premier League. They currently sit on top of the table with an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City.

Everton on the other hand currently sit 17th in the Premier League, which makes Liverpool huge favourites ahead of Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Savage believes the rivalry remains between the two sets of supporters, but the relevance of the fixture in terms of trophies is non-existent.

“£400 million spent is a lot to be languishing fourth from bottom,” Savage told 606. “They are six points from Tottenham, but going into that derby, it’s a massive game.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Sunday 2 December 2018: Divock Origi of Liverpool scores the late winner against Everton in the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool FC and Everton at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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“In terms of the derby, it’s a huge game for the fans, but now Liverpool are no longer Everton’s rivals in terms of challenging for trophies. Liverpool have gone far and above Everton.

“I remember watching Everton in cup finals when Rush got a couple, and Everton were magnificent. Those eras were rivals. But now it’s just rivalry in that city, but not for trophies because Liverpool have far away, gone and sailed.”

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