Stoke boss Tony Pulis took Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's criticism of the Potters playing style as a compliment. The England star later retracted the comments and apologised to both clubs for his attack.

"Actually I thought it was a compliment! I know Steven has apologised for what he's said but I actually took it as a compliment that Everton play like Stoke," he said.

"Everton have done fantastic this season and are a good side."

Pulis added: "I've got a great respect for Gerrard. He's a great advert for English football.

"Was I surprised? No. People know me by now and I don't give a flying...

"I don't take the criticism to heart, if it could even be classed as criticism."

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