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Gerrard calls for Liverpool heroes

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Gerrard is never one to shy away on the big occasion. (©GettyImages)
Gerrard is never one to shy away on the big occasion. (©GettyImages).

Steven Gerrard has told his team-mates that they can become Liverpool legends in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final with Everton.

The England midfielder - who is never one to shy away on the big occasion - has already cemented his place in Anfield folklore, but says others can join him with a moment of brilliance at Wembley.

Gerrard believes a memorable goal, save or performance against their Merseyside rivals can instantly write your name into the history books.

"I think it's happened a lot of times: big players have had a big impact on big games," he told liverpoolfc.tv. "But anyone can be the hero on the day.

"It's one of those occasions that's set-up so well for heroes. Big games, big heroes and let's hope they're in red shirts."

Kenny Dalglish's side have already won the Carling Cup with penalty success over Cardiff, and Gerrard says this season will be considered a success with a second trophy.

"Everyone's frustrated with the league position, we won't hide that fact," admitted the 31-year-old. "But I think if this team, this squad, delivers two major cup finals in one season, it can turn the season into a success.

"The simple facts are our league campaign hasn't been good enough. We're all frustrated and the players have under-delivered in the league.

"All of us. Not just the new signings, not just certain individuals. All of us have under-delivered in the league. We've done fantastic in the cups.

"We had three targets at the beginning of the season. One was top four and then we wanted to have two cup runs and I think we've done fantastically well. There's one more big hurdle to get over and to deliver two cup finals would be an unbelievable achievement."

A poor run of results has seen Liverpool slip below Everton in the Premier League table, but Gerrard insists that will have no bearing on the result come Saturday.

"I don't think the league position's got anything to do with this game and I don't think you need motivation going into a local derby at Wembley in front of 92,000 in an FA Cup semi-final," he said.

"That's the motivation. I don't think any player on the pitch will be thinking about league position once the game starts. The thinking will be 'What can we do on this pitch to get into the final?'

"FA Cup semi-finals are very big at the best of times but when you are playing your local rivals there's an extra bit of spice involved and it makes it that bit bigger."

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