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Gerrard: Form will count for nothing against the Toffees

CAPTAIN Steven Gerrard insists neither Liverpool's dominance over Everton nor the Toffees' superior league position will have any bearing on tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final derby at Wembley.

The Reds won their two Barclays Premier League encounters this season, with Gerrard's hat-trick last month securing a comfortable 3-0 win, but David Moyes' side are ahead of their near-neighbours in the table.

However, Gerrard said a place in the FA Cup final will be earned by the team who do the business on the day.

"I think form, psychological edges and previous meetings go out the window," said the 31-year-old.



PRESSURE

"Everton will be fired up for this game and we will be the same and the winner of this semi-final will be the team which turns up with the best form on the day."

On the significance of Everton's position in the table, the skipper added: "I don't think it adds any pressure (for Liverpool) because everyone is aware Everton are in good form and we have been inconsistent in the league.

"This is a cup game so I don't think league form really matters. It is difficult to pick a favourite.

"We are not interested in who are favourites and who are underdogs, we are just interested in the job we need to do to beat Everton and we are confident we can do that."

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard agrees with Gerrard that form will count for little when the two sides meet tomorrow.

"I don't think Everton will ever underestimate Liverpool, I don't think you can because there is too much respect there, too much history," he said.

"They always seem to find a way (to win) and that is a credit to them as a club.

"They have got players in the team who have drive and every now and again, when the chips are down, they grab the team by the scruff of the neck and drag them along and that is what you need.

"We have a few players here like that so it is tough to say in terms of form how things are going.

"Saturday is going to be such a one-off. Not only is it a cup semi-final but it is a derby and I hate to sound like everyone else, but form goes out the window.

"It is going to be intense, I get the feeling there will be some twists and turns, but that is what big games are about.



INCREDIBLE

"The crowd is going to be incredible and I'm interested to see what it is going to be like.

"I've played at Goodison and Anfield, but I don't think it is going to measure just because of the mass of people who will be there."

Liverpool go into the game with third-choice Brad Jones, who made his first appearance in 16 months on Tuesday, in goal because of suspension to Jose Reina and Alexander Doni.

The absence of Spain international Reina, who had played 183 successive Premier League matches before his ban, is a chink in the Reds' armour according to Howard.

"I think it is a blow because he is one the backbones of that club," said the 33-year-old.

"As talented as he is they will also miss his presence because he is a strong character and I know what it is like to be missing big players."


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