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Gerrard eyes overhauling Everton

Steven Gerrard has challenged his Liverpool team-mates to finish the season by proving they are Merseyside's top team.

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Brendan Rodgers' side are just about out of contention for a place in next season's Europa League after Sunday's 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea.

That result left them in seventh position, 10 points adrift of fifth-placed Tottenham with only 12 more to play for.

But captain Gerrard believes that Liverpool can still end the season above neighbours Everton in the table.

David Moyes' side have been above their local rivals in the standings for all but one week this season, with Liverpool briefly climbing above them into sixth spot by beating Tottenham 3-2 on March 10.

Everton currently lie sixth, five points ahead of Liverpool with four games left, but still have to visit Anfield.

And Gerrard, who is set to lead Liverpool into action in the Premier League at Newcastle on Saturday, is looking to overhaul Everton.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "The aim now is to try to finish the season strongly. We're taking strides forward and now our focus is on Newcastle away.

"We've got Everton above us at the moment and there's no bigger incentive being a Liverpool player than to try to get above them as well. We've got four games left and we want to win them all."

Gerrard hailed the impact of Daniel Sturridge as Liverpool twice came back from behind to draw against Chelsea, in a match overshadowed by Luis Suarez biting Branislav Ivanovic. Sturridge, signed from Chelsea for £12 million in January, came on as a half-time substitute to score his first Liverpool goal for two months, then set up Suarez's 97th-minute equaliser.

"Daniel made a huge difference when he came on," Gerrard said. "In the first half we showed Chelsea a bit too much respect. They've got some wonderful players, especially in the attacking half of the pitch, and they caused us some problems.

"In these big games it's up to the team to lift the crowd and I thought in the first half we were a bit flat.

"We needed a reaction at half-time and I thought we lifted the fans in the second half.

"Our second-half performance was magnificent and Daniel was a big part of that. When he performs like that he's unstoppable and he gave the team a lift."


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