The nerves are jangling, anticipation is rising. Derby weekend looms and you could be forgiven for needing a pint before the big game to calm you down.
Whether you鈥檙e Red or Blue, it鈥檚 natural you鈥檒l gravitate towards a pub packed with your fellow fans before a game for those important debates on who should be on the pitch that afternoon, who definitely shouldn鈥檛 be and who needs to be leaving the squad sharpish in the next transfer window.
Here鈥檚 our list of 10 match day pubs synonymous with each club, compiled from favourites put forward by those in the know.
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Not only is it your opportunity to learn more about each place, for a bit of fun we鈥檙e asking you to vote on your favourite to determine, once and for all, the ultimate pub for fans of either club to have a sup before kick-off.
Everton FC pubs
You鈥檒l find The Winslow Hotel at 31 Goodison Road, in the shadow of the main stand.
Judging by the reviews it has had on the TripAdvisor website, both home and away fans love the place.
One reviewer was glowing with praise when they said it was the 鈥榦nly place on matchday鈥? adding: 鈥淒ave and the staff are brilliant no matter how big the crowd on matchday they work frantically to get every customer served as quickly as possible and always with a smile.?/p>
The landlord himself responded: 鈥淭his atmosphere is only possible to maintain with the support of our customers and fans ! So a big thank you for the support.?/p>
The Thomas Frost
Named after a draper who, in the 1880s, moved in to one of the shops in the space on County Road the pub now occupies, this is a large branch of JD Wetherspoon.
Although classed as an Everton pub - it鈥檚 a 10 minute walk from Goodison - it鈥檚 not unusual to see fans of all teams gathered inside due to the pub鈥檚 size.
One TripAdvisor reviewer commented: 鈥淲e go here before the match every time and it鈥檚 lovely with a great welcoming atmosphere and very affordable prices.
鈥淎lso quite easy to get to as its in the main road which is easily accessed by most main bus routes in that direction.?/p>
Another Goodison Road venue, the blue signage on the exterior leaves you in no doubt which team colours the staff have nailed to their mast.
There is an enthusiastic Facebook page linked to the pub full of comments from regulars enjoying a pre-match pint and the pub has a real family-friendly community spirit.
The Taxi Club
One visitor said of this Walton Hall Avenue venue on its Facebook page: 鈥淩eally nice place. As away fans we felt really welcome and only a short walk from the ground.?/p>
Officially it鈥檚 the social club for the city鈥檚 loyal army of taxi drivers but come match day it鈥檚 another unofficial meeting place of the Everton faithful.
The Black Horse
This County Road favourite is another that gets positive comments on TripAdvisor.
One reviewer said: 鈥淰isit this establishment every other week for my lunch prior to the football match. Staff always friendly and considering how busy it gets the service is fast. Lots of Sky Sports screens so lots of opportunities to keep up with the football prior to kick off.?/p>
The Harlech Castle in County Road and as one enthusiastic customer reviewed it: 鈥淔antastic and welcoming pub, friendly staff, top landlord and landlady!
鈥淭his has to be the best pub in the area. Safe, clean and kid friendly.
鈥淚 could not recommend it enough - it鈥檚 how a proper British pub should be, a home from home!?/p>
The Barlow Arms
Situated at 62 Barlow Street, Kirkdale, the pub鈥檚 Facebook page is another one jammed with positive comments about the Blues鈥?recent run of form.
One quote which sums up how many regualr feel about the place comes from this five-star review: 鈥淲ent to the Barlow for the first time in over twenty years before Everton鈥檚 game the other night,, wow! I thought this type of pub had died out with the others. I wish I still lived in Kirkdale brilliant pub great pint...keep it up!?/p>
Another place proud to support Everton, it鈥檚 not unusual to see flags featuring The Brick waved from the terraces.
Take a look at its Twitter feed and you鈥檒l notice that the beer on offer (and the conditions it is kept in) was officially commended by owners Admiral Taverns.
Known as 鈥楾he Peoples Pub鈥? the team at The Brick also raise funds for the Everton Lads Foundation.
The Royal Oak
On home game days it鈥檚 not unusual to see away fans joining the regulars in this friendly, busy pub on Walton Road.
One online reviewer who visited from Wigan loved the place, saying: 鈥淭here is a large screen showing sky sports, fans often watch the early kick off before the game, even if it鈥檚 Liverpool ( a large cheer will be heard if the opposition score!). As you would expect the pub empties just before kickoff and then fills up again after the game.?/p>
The Elm Tree
Even the beer mats in this Westminster Road pub have the club crest on them and it鈥檚 always busy before kick-off.
The place has fostered such a fantastic atmosphere, even newcomers are taken by it, with one Facebook reviewer posting: 鈥淕reat pub, good people.. Even thou from Manchester. And only lived in Merseyside few months, love the area... Friendly staff and customers. Had a few games of pool. Enjoy my night. Defo b back again.?/p>
Those are our shortlisted 10 pubs - which is your favourite? Vote below.
Liverpool FC pubs
A cosy place on Grasmere Street, the fact the comments on its Facebook page are in more than one language suggest it鈥檚 popular with the Reds鈥?legion of travelling fans too.
Here鈥檚 a sample (in English) from one pleased punter: 鈥淎mazing pub, hospitality second to none, a high recommendation of mine!?/p>
The Twelfth Man
Also known as the Solly, this pub is on Walton Breck Road and minutes away from the ground, it鈥檚 due to that fact (as well as being a great venue) that many regulars drink in here.
If you鈥檙e going for the first time be aware that it can get incredibly busy but it has two floors making it easier to accommodate everyone.
If part of your match day ritual involves watching the team bus arrive then the King Harry on Blessington Road is the one for you.
Another place that鈥檚 absolutely heaving on match days, this huge, impressive building can be seen in the background during the TV match coverage as the coaches pull in and out of Anfield. It also offers B&B accommodation.
Vibrant and sociable, another place with an effortless atmosphere when the clock鈥檚 ticking down to kick-off.
You鈥檒l find it on Breckfield Road North and it鈥檚 a popular spot for the old-school LFC faithful.
Geography is everything and The Albert is right next to the Kop, on Walton Breck Road.
Unsurprisingly, it鈥檚 packed to the rafters on matchday but if you like to give your vocal chords some exercise before kick-off, this is also the perfect venue for a sing-song.
An unusual venue (although a clue lies in the name) in that the Oakfield Road building used to be a church before it was converted into a pub.
As one person pointed out when they checked in on Facebook for a game over Christmas, they were offering up a prayer for three points, as well as enjoying a pint.
This has to go on the list as it鈥檚 where Liverpool Football Club was born. It even used to be a changing room for the players.
Officially recognised by the club for its hospitality and functions rooms, this is a good place to visit due to its space, big bar and plenty of opportunity to stand outside for a drink.
One online reviewer wrote: 鈥淥n home match days it is totally packed until those fortunate enough to have a ticket leave to go to the ground but once the action starts you will feel as if you鈥檝e been transformed onto the Kop.?/p>
Suitably named as it鈥檚 on Oakfield Road, you can hear the sound of the terraces while you drink.
This is across the road from The Albert and the atmosphere is so infectious, it can be heard as you walk up to the ground.
It鈥檚 another place getting a lot of love in oline reviews.
One visitor posted on the pub鈥檚 Facebook page: 鈥淭his bar is made by the people in it and I would like to give a great big thank you to Tracy whose welcome and kindness towards my family was amazing and I will never forget, made a great weekend very special.?/p>
Found on Breck Road, The Cabbage Hall Hotel is a two-minute walk from Anfield stadium (and 10 minutes from Goodison).
Not only is it a place to take in the pre-match atmosphere, the pub also offers accommodation for anyone who鈥檚 travelling a fair distance to the game.
You've seen our shortlisted 10 - which is your favourite? Vote below!
Make sure your match day local gets a vote. We'll be back with the results soon - when we can reveal the ultimate match day pub for both Liverpool and Everton fans.
All that voting will have made you thirsty. We wouldn't blame you if you fancy a pint right now.