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Liverpool skipper Gerrard: Local pride at stake in Cup semi

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard admits pride as much as an FA Cup final appearance is at stake against Everton this weekend.

Liverpool have beaten Everton twice this season - and won the Carling Cup at Wembley in February - but Gerrard knows he and his players cannot allow their focus to drop.

"It's a proud day for me to lead the lads out at Wembley again and it's a proud day for the city," said the England international.

"It's a massive game and it's been a long time since Liverpool played Everton at Wembley so it's a fantastic occasion for the supporters. It's another important game for us players, we need to try and forget it's Everton and just focus on a really tough game on the day.

"We realise that it's important not to get ahead of ourselves. Although the game is at Wembley, it's still only a semi-final. There's still one massive hurdle to get over before we can get to the final.

"We still believe we can beat anyone, Everton included.

"What we have to do is make sure we're ready and focused and we concentrate on the game rather than the occasion."

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