Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admits their looming clash with Manchester United isn't that important to him.

Carragher, 33, genuinely believes playing United is nothing like the Mersey mayhem which was in full flow eight days ago at Everton with Jack Rodwell's red card.

He said: "When I was a kid I was a Blue and it doesn't matter what side you are the derby is the big one, always.

"Some will say the United game is but as a local lad, Everton is the biggest game of the season.

"And facing them on their own pitch with a packed crowd behind them - all the ingredients are there. Everything is against you and that makes it so special when you win."