'Let's win the derby for Carragher' - Gerrard hoping for fitting send-off

The 35-year-old defender will hang up his boots at the end of the season and his long-time team-mate urges Liverpool to up their game and beat rivals Everton at Anfield
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has called on his team-mates to beat Everton and provide Jamie Carragher with a fitting send-off.

The veteran will retire at the end of the season to work as a TV pundit and his fellow Liverpudlian wants one last Merseyside derby victory as a tribute to the defender's 17-year Anfield career.

"Being local lads, we feel the passion in the city and we're hoping for a nice derby win for Carra to remember," Gerrard told reporters. "Jamie will be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

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"I'm going to miss him more than anyone. I'm close to Jamie on and off the pitch. It's an emotional time, him packing it in, but he is going on to Sky and I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job."

The Reds currently sit seventh in the Premier League table and trail their city rivals by five points, having been knocked out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup in the fourth round and dumped out of the Europa League at the first knockout stage.

Kenny Dalglish was fired last summer following a seventh-placed league finish, but with Capital One Cup glory and an FA Cup final appearance under his belt, and Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes that it is trophies which are the most important thing for any manager, including current boss Brendan Rodgers.

"Liverpool have high standards. That is what you must be judged by," Rush argued. "Those standards were set by Bill Shankly in the 1970s and Bob Paisley took them on. It is a difficult level to attain but those are the standards.

"Why shouldn't that be the judgement? No one is saying he has to get there straight away, that he immediately must start winning the Premier League or the Champions League, but that has to be the aim.

"The key is to maintain improvement. If you can do that every year eventually you will get there. I do believe they are going the right way towards doing that and they are playing good football."