The two Merseyside clubs found themselves right in the transfer deadline day meat and gravy, yet one enjoyed a distinctly better 24 hours than the other.
After starting the season in immaculate – if not pragmatic – fashion, Liverpool used the final few hours in the aisles to beef up their defensive numbers, while Everton saw their best player depart.
Maximum points and no goals conceded from three league outings thus far has seen the Reds shrink into 7/5 to finish in the top four of the Premier League, while the blue crowd across Stanley Park can be backed at a much weightier 18/1 to achieve the same feat.
Marouane Fellaini’s Indiana Jones-inspired stunt of skidding under the transfer window’s frame to Old Trafford as it was inches from hitting the floor saw a valuable source of midfield goals depart.
The £27.5m recompense that they received wasn’t even double what they paid for him themselves in 2008, despite the player’s abilities increasing immeasurably in that time.
Having reinvested almost half of the Fellaini funds on Wigan’s James McCarthy, clearly as a replacement, any grievances from the Toffees’ faithful would be understandable.
The former Wigan playmaker cost Everton £12m, yet he won’t score anything like the 11 goals Fellaini bagged last term, while 11 assists in a 145-match Wigan career isn’t going to earn him an invite to any midfield maestros gathering.
Romelu Lukaku’s signing is an impressive one, but that’s only a loan so, no matter how well he does, he’s only going to be at Goodison Park for the season.
Liverpool, on the other hand, already had a reasonably strong defensive unit with Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure battling to partner the fantastic Daniel Agger.
However, through bringing in Mamadou Sakho – one of the best young defenders in France – and 20-year-old Tiago Ilori, they’ve now got substantial reinforcement with plenty of potential to improve.
In addition to this, the loan acquisition of Victor Moses is one that is sure to excite. He has pace and power to compliment the many tricks he has to beat a full back and will be an excellent addition to the Reds’ frontline.
Also, unlike Lukaku, it would appear that the former Crystal Palace man has no long-term future at parent club Chelsea and would be much easier to obtain permanently should he shine this season.
With these factors considered, backing the Anfield club to return to the Champions League this season appears very much worth the outlay.