Liverpool captain Gerrard insists past derby form counts for nothing ahead of FA Cup semi-final meeting

Steven Gerrard has urged people to forget about past Merseyside derbies as Liverpool face Everton at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

When the sides last met, in March, Liverpool recorded a 3-0 victory over David Moyes’ side, with Gerrard himself scoring a hat-trick. But the Reds skipper has said the outcome of previous matches between Everton and Liverpool will have little effect on what happens when the sides meet at the national stadium.

Gerrard added: “I think form, psychological edges and previous meetings go out the window…This is a cup game so I don’t think league form really matters. It is difficult to pick a favourite.

Prior to beating Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening Liverpool had won just once in their last eight Premier League games – the derby win over the Toffees. But the dramatic victory at Ewood Park came at a cost when Alexander Doni was sent off, joining first choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina in being suspended for the showpiece tie and leaving third-choice stopper Brad Jones as the likely starter.

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