Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard talks about Everton ‘hate’

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The Reds skipper admits he loves winning at Goodison Park more than Old Trafford.

Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard is set to play his last Merseyside derby today against Everton, and has admitted to Sky Sports that he loves winning at Goodison Park more than any other Premier League ground.

Despite Liverpool’s perennial rivalry with Manchester United, the veteran midfielder has picked out the derby fixture as a game he prioritises.

The Reds legend will leave Anfield at the end of the season to move to America, with today’s fixture his 33rd derby against the Toffees.

The former England midfielder can expect the usual vitriol from the Goodison Park home support and has admitted that playing away to Everton is the one game he wants to win most.

“It is my favourite game of the season. I enjoy winning at Old Trafford, but Everton is closer,” Gerrard told Jamie Redknapp in a Sky Sports interview, published in The Daily Mail.

“I can feel the hate, the bitterness. If there is one ground where I could pick a win, it is Goodison Park.

“They are great supporters — and I have a lot of respect for them — but for the hell they give me, this is the place.”

Gerrard has had ups and downs against his Merseyside rivals over the years and has scored ten goals against Everton in his 18-year stint in the Reds’ first team.

With Liverpool in improved form and looking to push towards a top-four finish, Gerrard will hope to end his long-running battle against Everton with three points today.

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