Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez says Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton will be "fantastic".
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has spent over £100m since his return in January, while David Moyes was limited to three loan signings over the summer and sold Mikel Arteta to Arsenal.
"A derby is a derby," Benitez told BBC Sport. "It doesn't matter if you have spent money or not.
"The passion will be there and I think it will be a fantastic game."
Dalglish recruited well over the summer, bringing in midfielder
Craig Bellamy from Manchester City
Stewart Downing from Aston Villa
Charlie Adam from Blackpool.
LAST FIVE ENCOUNTERS
- 16 Jan 2011 - Liverpool 2-2 Everton
- 17 Oct 2010 - Everton 2-0 Liverpool
- 6 Feb 2010 - Liverpool 1-0 Everton
- 29 Nov 2009 - Everton 0-2 Liverpool
- 4 Feb 2009 - Everton 1-0 Liverpool
Doni also arrived from Roma
as back up for Pepe Reina and was joined by defenders
Sebastian Coates from Nacional
Jose Enrique from Newcastle
Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.
Everton, meanwhile, sold influential midfielder
on transfer deadline day and forward
James Vaughan to Norwich
while only bringing in
Tigre forward Denis Stracqualursi, Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe on loan,
Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier,
all on loan.
Liverpool made a strong start to the season with wins over Arsenal and Bolton, however a narrow defeat to Stoke followed by a four-goal thumping at Tottenham have followed.
Everton have also had an indifferent start securing victories over Blackburn and Wigan but falling short against newly-promoted QPR and Manchester City.
Benitez, who has been out of work since getting
sacked by Inter Milan in December last year,
believes Liverpool should be pleased with their start and the game at Goodison Park will be a good barometer for his former club's form.
"I think they're doing really well," added Benitez who was speaking at the launch of the Montse Benitez Charitable Foundation. "They have had some good results and some not so good but overall, it has been a good start.
"Derbies are fantastic and game will be proof for the fans to see if the team are going forward.
"I liked to be involved with derbies in the past and I'll definitely enjoy watching this weekend's game from home."