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Steven Gerrard reflects on the Merseyside Derby

The former captain discusses his hat trick vs Everton, Luis Suarez, and the current forward line

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Tomorrow is the 229th Merseyside Derby. (Theoretically, at least.) It’s one of those fixtures that becomes as much about history than the game itself. We can’t talk about tomorrow’s game against Everton without talking about past memorable games, and the Derbies we remember most fondly (or acrimoniously).

Naturally, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has some strong opinions about the fixture.

On his hat trick against the Toffees in 2012: "It was nice to beat them, beat them comfortably and to bag three and keep the match ball. I can keep that for the rest of my life."

On Luis Suarez teeing up the third goal for that hat trick: “Luis put one on a plate for me. He owed me that because I’d put a few on a plate for him so it was a nice moment for Luis and that’s the type of player he is, unselfish.”

On Suarez’ legacy and Liverpool’s current attacking corps: “He's a top-class player and I wish he was leading the line for us at the weekend - but I’d still settle for Firmino, Mane and Salah. I’m quite looking forward to seeing how Everton handle them three because I wouldn’t want to play against them.”

Now all I can think about is this current Liverpool squad plus Luis Suarez lining up against Everton tomorrow. I think I need to lie down for a bit.