Gerrard: 'We lacked cutting edge'

Liverpool captain admits Reds haven't been good enough against teams above them after goalless draw in Merseyside derby.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard felt his side lacked a cutting edge as they played out a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The result sees Everton strengthen their chances of finishing above their rivals for the second successive season, but their 14-year winless run at Anfield continues after both teams were unable to break the deadlock.

“Everton have improved a lot,” said Gerrard. “They've had a good season and are difficult to beat and that sums our season up in a way. We played well but lacked the cutting edge against the sides above us. We'll take a point but we're slightly disappointed it wasn't three."

"We all wanted (a goal) at the end, mainly for this fella (Carragher) playing in his last derby," continued the England captain.

Carragher will retire at the end of the season, and the draw was not quite the perfect send-off for the defender, who felt the result was probably the right result for both teams.

"It's a fair result. It wasn't to be and a draw was a fair result,” said Carragher. “There weren't too many chances at either end. It was a tense derby if you like and credit to Everton.

"Coming to Anfield and getting a draw is a good result. I'm slightly disappointed but a fair result in the end I think.

"It was a good day,” continued the centre-back. “I’ve got a few games left with Liverpool. It was a big game derby and I would have liked to have won it but ultimately we didn't lose."

Gerrard reflected on Carragher’s performances this season, and claimed manager Brendan Rodgers faces a tough ask to replace him for next season.

"You've seen his display today. Since he's been back in the team he's been our most consistent player. I wouldn't like to be in Brendan Rodgers' shoes when he's trying to replace him in the summer."

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