Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard: Beating Everton would mean an awful lot

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits beating Everton would mean "an awful lot" to the Reds ahead of Sunday's derby

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Steven Gerrard has scored nine league goals this season Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard has admitted beating Everton would mean “an awful lot” to Liverpool as the Reds look to finish ahead of their Merseyside rivals.

The 18-time English champions currently trail David Moyes’s men by five points in the Premier League table with three games remaining, with Everton still in the hunt for a Europa League spot.

Gerrard scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over the Toffees in this fixture last season, and the Reds skipper is desperate to beat what he believes is a very good Everton side.

“Playing against our neighbours means an awful lot to us and to the fans,” he said. “The results makes or breaks people’s weekends in the city.

“Our record against Everton is decent, yet we all know that guarantees absolutely nothing. David Moyes’s team have been in the top six for most of the season and that’s no fluke.

“They are a strong side, which they proved by coming back from two goals down in the draw at Goodison Park.

“Physically they can match most opponents and they also have some skilful players who can cause problems.

“Right now the gap between the teams is five points. For us that’s not good enough and we’ll be aiming to cut the deficit to two this afternoon.”

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