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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has pleaded with Reds fans to ensure the club's FA Cup tie with rivals Manchester United is remembered for a great match rather than controversy off the pitch.

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Gerrard is calling for calm ahead of the clash, which is likely to feature Patrice Evra after the United defender was involved in a race row with banned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Meanwhile, Gerrard and his team-mates set up a Carling Cup final against Cardiff City after they defeated Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate following a thrilling second leg at Anfield on Wednesday night, and the skipper is hoping the United match is memorable for the right reasons also.

"We all have a responsibility to ensure this game is remembered for the football," said Gerrard. "Liverpool and Manchester United is a massive rivalry and there is going to be stuff in the newspapers and banter between fans.

"But it would be fantastic if it is remembered for being a top game and, from our point of view, a Liverpool win.

"We don't want any front-page stories from this game or any stories which are not about a football match between two top sides - and may the best team win."


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