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The Reds' influential talisman claims his side are relishing the prospect of facing the Premier League leaders and hopes they can carry their positive momentum into the New Year

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists his team have nothing to fear when they meet Manchester City on Tuesday.

Only a fantastic last minute save by Joe Hart prevented Andy Carroll from nicking all three points the last time the two sides met, and Gerrard is adamant he and his team-mates are relishing the trip to Eastlands.

"Bring it on," Gerrard told reporters.

"They are a fantastic team who have started the season really well but we've got nothing to fear.

“We showed against them here [at Anfield] a couple of weeks ago that we more than matched them.

"These are exciting games, we don't fear these and these are the games as a player you want to play in. I can't wait."

Liverpool’s form on the road has been exceptional this season, the Reds having picked up wins at Stamford Bridge, the Emirates and elsewhere.

The Liverpool captain believes this will stand his side in good stead heading into the game.

He continued: "We've been very strong on the road.

“It's at home that we haven't got the results our football has deserved but we will go to City full of confidence, we will give it our best shot and see where it takes us."

Having recently had a long injury lay-off, Gerrard started Friday’s clash with Newcastle on the bench, only to announce his return to first-team action in style by scoring within 20 minutes of his introduction.

The skipper was delighted with the way his side ended the year and is hoping they can continue their good form into the New Year.

"It was a fantastic way to end 2011,” he added.

“For me personally the year has been an absolute nightmare but for the team it was great to finish it on a high and now we need to push on, keep building and putting up a good fight for the top four."


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