Gerrard denies power shift
Skipper Steven Gerrard has claimed it would be "no big deal" if Liverpool finish above derby rivals Everton this season.
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8. Steven Gerrard
The Reds host their near-neighbours at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime knowing defeat will mean they will definitely end the season below Everton for a third consecutive season.
That has led to claims of a power shift on Merseyside but Gerrard is not so sure.
The 32-year-old points to the fact Everton have not won a major trophy since 1995 as reason not to be swayed, adding also that the relevance of the derby battles have been diminished because both sides are well adrift of the title race.
"If Everton finish above us and their supporters are really happy and their players and everyone is really happy, then that's up to them," he told various newspapers.
"But if we finish above Everton there will be no celebrating or anything around here because it's nothing really.
"It's no big deal. We want to win the derby of course we do. We want to finish above Everton, of course we do. In the big picture, is it really important?
"I don't know - maybe not."
Asked if Everton were now the major force on Merseyside, he added: "Yeah, but they haven't won anything have they?
"It's nothing to finish sixth or seventh in this league."
Gerrard did admit, however, that veteran defender Jamie Carragher would be desperate to win his final Merseyside derby before he retires at the end of the season.
"He'll want to win his last derby and finish above Everton," he said.
"That will definitely be in Carra's head, 100 per cent."