Proud Gerrard calls for focus

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told his players to play the match and not the occasion when they meet Everton in this weekend`s FA Cup semi-final, but has admitted to a sense of pride both personally and for the city.

The near-neighbours last met at Wembley in 1989 and, with the game coinciding with the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, there is added poignancy. Liverpool have beaten the Toffees twice this season - and won the Carling Cup at Wembley in February - but Gerrard knows he and his players cannot allow their focus to drop.

"It's a proud day for me to lead the lads out at Wembley again and it's a proud day for the city. It's a massive game and it's been a long time since Liverpool played Everton at Wembley so it's a fantastic occasion for the supporters," said the England international.

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