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Gerrard: Form out the window

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes recent form will count for nothing ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

The Reds have won just two of their last 10 in the league, while in all competitions the Toffees have suffered just one defeat, and go into the game of the back of a thumping win over Sunderland.

However, Gerrard, whose side have endured a difficult league campaign, says recent form counts for nothing come Saturday.

"I think form, psychological edges and previous meetings go out the window," said the 31 year-old.

"Everton will be fired up for this game and we will be the same and the winner of this semi-final will be the team which turns up with the best form on the day."

"I don't think it adds any pressure (for Liverpool) because everyone is aware Everton are in good form and we have been inconsistent in the league.

"Everton have a superb manager and that is the key to everything in Everton's form.

"The new signings in January have made them a lot stronger but they are a difficult side to beat, so we know we are in for a really tough game.

"This is a cup game so I don't think league form really matters. It is difficult to pick a favourite.

"We are not interested in who are favourites and who are underdogs, we are just interested in the job we need to do to beat Everton and we are confident we can do that."

Despite their poor league form, Gerrard's men do have a recent win in the league encounter between the two sides at Anfield, when the skipper netted a hat-trick.

Kenny Dalglish's side also notched a win in a highly charged derby in October, when Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scored in victory over 10-man Everton.

Liverpool did register an all-important win at Blackburn Rovers in mid-week but Gerrard insists even that victory won't prove pivotal come Saturday lunchtime.

"I don't think we needed a lift," he said.

"We try to win every game at this club and we will go into the Everton game in a positive confident mood, whether we won at Blackburn or not.

"But I think it was important to stop the rot in the league."

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