Gerrard not afraid of all-English tie

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is not worried by the prospect of facing another English side in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool have faced Chelsea three times and Arsenal once in the previous three seasons in European competition. And with the London duo, plus Manchester United, also through to the last eight of the Champions League the chances are high of another all English-showdown when the draw is made on Friday.

But Gerrard said: "We are not running scared of anybody. We will take who we get, and believe that we are going to go through."

He continued: "If you are asking me about a fear factor in the Champions League, then I think it is the other seven teams in the draw who are going to have concerns about coming up against us after that Real Madrid result.

"The way I look at it, we are going to have to play them sooner or later, so it does not matter if it is now, the semi-finals or the final."

Liverpool thrashed the Spanish giants 4-0 in their last European tie and added a 4-1 mauling of Manchester United at the weekend for good measure to underline their current fine form.

Gerrard told the Liverpool FC magazine: "We are now looking forward to the draw later this week. If you could hand-pick an opponent then maybe we would want someone like Villarreal or Porto, but there are no easy draws at this stage.

"Everyone who has got to this stage of the competition has done well. They will all believe in themselves.

"But we have shown - the players, the manager and the fans - that we are a force to be reckoned with when we pull it all together.

"So we will sit down on Friday and see who we get and take it from there."

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