St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Everton

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 3 - 1 QPR

Monday, 15 December 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Gerrard: Everton are like Stoke

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has claimed Everton are "similar to Stoke".

Last Updated: 30/10/12 at 07:34 Post Comment

Steven Gerrard: Says Everton are 'very similar' to Stoke

Steven Gerrard: Says Everton are 'very similar' to Stoke

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard emerged from another controversial Merseyside derby dismissing Everton as "similar to Stoke".

The midfielder claimed Brendan Rodgers' side were the only ones who played football in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and praised his team-mates - which included three teenagers and five derby debutants - for standing up to their near-neighbours.

And despite the Toffees being six points and seven places above them Gerrard insisted David Moyes' side were not the superior team in the city.

"I thought we were fantastic and stood up to a team that are very similar to Stoke," said the 32-year-old.

"Every single time they get the ball to the goalkeeper it comes in long.

"Everton are effective because they have some big, physical lads in the team.

"We had a young, small team out there who were men and stuck together.

"There was only one team who came to play football and that was us.

"Everton are not better than us."

Gerrard was full of praise for 17-year-old Raheem Sterling after coming through the taxing experience of his first derby, which included Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard racing out of his goal in what looked like an attempt to get the youngster sent off for a second bookable offence.

"Sterling was fantastic. He has been a revelation for us," added the England captain.

"Seventeen years of age away in a derby against a big, physical long ball team I thought he was outstanding.

"The way he stands up, wants the ball and doesn't hide is a credit to him and he's got some bottle.

"That's what you look for in young lads. You wonder whether they have the bottle to play away from home against tough teams and difficult situations and he handled it superbly.

"I don't think the Everton players would have known much about Raheem before yesterday but they are going to be seeing an awful lot more of him in future.

"He's going to be playing in many, many Merseyside derbies and he's going to have a major impact in them."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property