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The Reds are close to finally delivering their long-serving captain with the major club medal that still eludes him but the Chelsea star will offer him no favours on Sunday

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard "deserves" to win a Premier League title.

A win for the Reds at Anfield on Sunday would end the Blues' chances of domestic glory and see Brendan Rodgers's side close in on a first league crown in 24 years but, while feeling that a championship medal would be overdue, the veteran says that he will do his England team-mate no favours.

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Lampard told the media: "Stevie will go down as a great player no matter what. He has won pretty much everything there is going. He will be striving to win the league because that is the one little space in his trophy cabinet.

"As a player he deserves that but there is no sentiment from us. We want to win it.

"We respect the fact that Stevie is a great player but I don't think that he lives or dies on whether they win the title this year or not."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he will play "kids" at Anfield in order to save as much strength as possible for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid but Lampard insists that his side have not abandoned hope of Premier League triumph.

"They are a tough two matches," he opined, "but, if you want to fight on different levels, you have to be big enough as a squad to stand up and do it. Now it is up to the manager how he ducks and dives with both squads.

"We haven't given up on the league; you can't when there are nine points to play for. All we can do is try to win the three league games and hope results go our way."