Liverpool captain Gerrard will not change approach for final Merseyside derby

As he prepares to face Everton for the last time in a red shirt on Saturday, the LA Galaxy-bound midfielder is keen to extend his good record in the fixture

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists that he will not change his approach for his 33rd and final Merseyside derby against Everton, on Saturday.

The midfielder is to leave the Reds at the end of the season to join MLS franchise LA Galaxy, bringing to an end a glittering career with his hometown club.

Gerrard has scored 10 goals against Everton – including a hat-trick in 2012 – and will naturally be keen to get one over on the old enemy for the last time, but the former England international is adamant that the occasion of his last local derby will not alter his mindset for a game that could prove pivotal in the race for the Champions League places.

“It’s the fixture that I look for at the beginning of the season,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.

“I love playing against Everton. I’ve got friends and family members who are big blues and it’s all about the bragging rights in the city.

“I’ll focus on [Saturday’s game] exactly how I have done in the previous derbies I’ve played in.

“It’s a bit different from a normal league game but I’m looking forward to that one and hopefully I can add to my good derby record.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels that Gerrard’s impending move to the United States will be greeted with delight by the blue half of Merseyside.

“I’m sure [Everton] will be glad to see the back of him,” the Northern Irishman added. “He’s been an incredible player for this club. He’s played in so many derby games and been outstanding.”

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