Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: Everton reminded me of Stoke
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard claims Everton's tactical approach to Sunday's Merseyside derby reminded him of Stoke
Steven Gerrard has claimed Everton displayed a similar tactical approach to Stoke City during Sunday’s Merseyside derby as Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
With the score level, the Reds were denied a late winner after Luis Suarez’s strike was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
And Reds skipper Gerrard says David Moyes’ men “did not try to play football” but insisted he was proud of his side’s “fantastic” display.
“Everton are effective because they have some big physical lads in the team and are very direct,” Gerrard told the Sun. “They are effective but the only team who tried to play football was us.
“Everton are not better than us and I thought we stood up to a team that are very similar to Stoke. Every single time they get the ball it comes in long.
“We had a young, small team but they were all men and stood together and we deserved the win. I thought we were fantastic.”
Liverpool host Swansea City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday as the look to defend their League Cup crown.