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As a former Liverpool resident totally agree with your analysis you cannot make a direct comparison – they function in very different ways reflecting thier historic pasts and overall wealth distribution across the region.
Birkenhead is a town centre shopping centre for the Birkenhead District, very similar to Bootle. It is not a City Centre. Liverpool City Centre is one or two stops on the underground from Birkenhead. (Check a Merseyrail map). So you are comparing the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street and Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. Some local knowledge of the makeup of Liverpool would be useful in this article. Also on further checking your stats you have drawn Liverpool’s boundary so small you have excluded the Port of Liverpool at Seaforth Dock. You have also excluded all of Crosby, Bootle, Maghull, all of the Eastern and Southern Suburbs. You have also excluded all of Wirral and St Helens. I’m not sure how useful any of your stats on Liverpool are if you have excluded more than half of the city’s geographic area in your calculations.