St Helens is what in slang is called a ‘Woolyback’ (look it up) :0) area for no other reason than it is on the outskirts of the city.
Nice places there also, but the people don’t have a scouse accent, so when you are in the middle of the town, you could mistakenly take it for anywhere else in the UK.
Maria, Liverpool is a long City stretching from North to South right along the Dock Road adjacent to the River Mersey. Across the river, is what is then called then The Wirral (in other words, according to them, they are not scouser’s, nor from Merseyside.!!)
The city from this frontage, then spreads back into the different districts until the outskirts (like St. Helens), are reached along the differing boundary lines.
Queens Drive, about 5 miles inland from the waterfront, is the main carriageway that travels the full distance again, from North to the South of the city. This passes through Ken Dodd country at the Knotty Ash Juncture.
Gateacre, Woolton, Woolton Hill, Allerton, Childwall etc, are South end…
Bootle ( Carragher Country), Sefton, Maghull, Aintree are North end.
Shankly lived in West Derby area, which is the centre of both.
Over the past couple of decades, Liverpool as a city, has become really cosmopolitan… But that matters not a jot to the scouse accent, it remains as strong as ever with the locals no matter who you encounter! :0)