Liverpool striker Andy Carroll feels fortunate to play alongside a player as influential as Steven Gerrard.

The Reds captain has been the club's driving force for the best part of a decade and is still the man they turn to when they are in need of a lift. It was no more evident than in the Merseyside derby a fortnight ago, when Gerrard scored a hat-trick as Liverpool beat near neighbours Everton 3-0.

"You see Stevie playing the way he did against Everton, scoring three and driving the team on. It was really inspiring," said Carroll. "I used to watch him when I was younger and pretend to be him on the field with my mates. I'm very lucky to be able to share a dressing room with him now. It's unbelievable."

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