Gerrard pledges Reds efforts

Skipper Steven Gerrard has warned Chelsea will receive no favours from a Liverpool side with plenty of their own still to play for.

The Reds host the Premier League leaders at Anfield on Sunday in a match which could go some way to deciding the destination of this year's title.

Gerrard has rejected suggestions that the Reds could roll over as anything other than a Chelsea victory on Merseyside could open the door to bitter rivals Manchester United in the title race.

However, with fourth place and the final Champions League qualifying spot still a slight possibility for Liverpool, Gerrard is confident of a fully-committed performance from the home side.

"We have a couple of games left and the idea is to take maximum points and see if we can get into the Champions League through the back door," he explained.

"If we take maximum points, who knows? The teams above us might slip up. All we have done is keep the pressure on.

"We won't give up, but it would be stupid of me to say this or that is going to happen – it's important to be realistic.

"We are underdogs for fourth position but our fans also know we've got Everton breathing down our necks and we certainly don't want them finishing above us."

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