Gerrard will want to go out with a bang in last Merseyside derby, says Jamie Carragher


Gerrard prepares for his last Merseyside derby.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says his former captain Steven Gerrard will try and make a mark in his last Merseyside derby at Goodsion Park on Saturday.

Gerrard who will be heading to MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer after his 17 year career at Liverpool, will be hoping he can have a major impact in the match against Everton.

The former England captain scored the opener in the reverse fixture at Anfield back in September which ended 1-1, with Phil Jagielka scoring a screamer in the dying minute.

And, Carragher - who was involved in 30 Merseyside derbies during his time at Liverpool - reckons his former team-mate will be hoping to have another positive impact this weekend.

"Stevie will want to go out with a bang," Carragher told Sky Sports, while speaking at an enrolment day for The Jamie Carragher Sports & Learning Academy.

"I was aware of my last derby, but we didn’t win it – it was 0-0 at Anfield.

"I remember Stevie’s first goal at Goodison – earlier in his career at the Gwladys Street End, when he had a bit of a set-to with the Everton fans while celebrating. He’d take that."

The former England international also spoke about the current form Liverpool are in, as they’ve won five in six in all competitions and unbeaten in seven Premier League games. They continued to maintain their form as they secured a 2-0 win over West Ham last weekend and in midweek - seeing off Bolton to secure a place in the 5th round of the FA Cup.

With Daniel Sturridge edging closer to sharpness, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in good form scoring goals and performing week in week out, Carragher is convinced we are in for an entertaining battle.

"Liverpool are in great form, and Everton are starting to come back now," he added.

"The Crystal Palace result was huge, not just because of where they are in the table, but because Palace had been on fire since Alan Pardew had taken over. It has all the makings of a great game.

"Everton have struggled defensively this season, but I think after John Stones has come back into the side, there has been a bit of a difference.

"But he will have his work cut out with Daniel Sturridge back – the best English striker around.

"Him coming back is a massive lift, and with Raheem Sterling dropping back alongside Coutinho and Lallana it looks exciting.

"There will be goals in this. It is a difficult one to call, but I am siding with Liverpool as they are in better form."


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