Date: 19th December 2016 at 1:05pm
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The Merseyside Derby will soon be upon us and here in the Transfer Tavern our local Everton and Liverpool fans have already been throwing the jibes around the bar.

Things are only set to heat up, too, as we approach kick-off at 8pm tonight with the atmosphere both here and at Goodison Park set to be absolutely electric.

It’s a game not for the football purists but more for those who like a good old fashioned blood and thunder contest, and there’s certainly plenty of those here by the bar who want just an occasion.

The Merseyside Derby may not have the prestige of El Clasico or a Liverpool-Man United occasion but it’s certainly got the same kind of meaning behind it, and there’ll be nothing more that the Blues want then to derail the Reds’ title charge.

Liverpool need a win to close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the league to six points whilst Everton are looking to compete for European football and, ahead of the game, we’ve seen plenty of sledging between two of football’s most outspoken personalities – Razor Ruddock and Tubes.

Razor is a Liverpool cult hero whilst Tubes is of Soccer AM fame and he naturally got involved with some Merseyside based japery as he is, er, a Chelsea fan.

See for yourselves how the exchange played out below on Twitter…