Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard faces running the Everton gauntlet TWICE in one week! Gerrard faces the toughest week of his life after Liverpool learned they must play bitter rivals Everton in the Cup just days after facing them in the league.
Gerro must also deal with a magistrates court date sandwiched between the two titanic Mersey derbies.
The England star is set for his hearing on Friday January 23, following a charge of assault and affray after an alleged incident at a Southport nightclub.
But four days before that, the league leaders host the Toffees in the Premier League.
And Gerrard must then get his mind straight for the fourth-round tie at Anfield with David Moyes' men the weekend after his court appearance.
Kop legend Ronnie Whelan admitted: "Stevie will have a bit of a problem because of the court hearing. Big players love big games and this is going to be a really important week for Liverpool.
"If I was there now I'd rather have three points than a cup win, because it's been so long since we won the title.
"But these players will believe they can win both."