Tonight's Merseyside derby is not for the weak-stomached.
A fixture that has produced a draw on its last three occasions could be decided by the smallest of errors, with the cost of failure bigger than ever in recent history.
For that reason, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to see his side beat Everton tonight and move four points clear of their fierce rivals. If Tottenham lose to Manchester City, meanwhile, the Reds could open up a three-point gap between them and fifth-place as well.
But, at the same time, Rodgers does not want to let success to go his head. As far as he is concerned, a victory for the Reds means a step closer to Champions League football - nothing more. Especially when it comes to furthering his own reputation.
"It's not for me and my CV," he told Liverpool's official website. ""I just want the three points for the supporters and the players. It's bragging rights for the locals. We're at home and we're confident when we play at home.
"It's for the team and for our ambitions for this season. If we get the three points, we go four points clear [of Everton] and with a better goal difference.
"At this part of the season, that can be a lot. It's important for those factors, other than any personal achievement for myself.
"With both teams set up to go and impose their style of play on the opponent, and when you have two managers with philosophies that are quite the same, then of course it opens the pitch up a little bit more."
Nevertheless, the Northern Irishman - who turned 41 on Sunday - is under no illusions about how tough tonight's clash will be for his injury-ravaged side.
But Rodgers is still confident of extending the Reds' "brilliant" run of form in 2014.
"It's going to be a tough game - two teams that have been up there," he said. "We've been in that top four more or less all of the season. We aim to stay there and, in order to do that, you've got to win as many of your home games as possible.
"It would be a big psychological boost, because it means they have then got to have a couple of results better than us.
"This year, we have been brilliant - we've won nine out of the 11, only losing one and drawing one. We aim to make that 10 tonight."
Will Liverpool beat Everton at Anfield tonight - or will Roberto Martinez's side spoil the party?
image: © helly - b