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Gerrard bemoans lack of cutting edge

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May 5, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Steven Gerrard has pinpointed Liverpool's lack of cutting edge against sides above them in the Premier League table as their main weakness.

Speaking after the Reds' goalless draw against Merseyside rivals Everton, Gerrard said that the game summed up a frustrating season.

"We all wanted [a goal] at the end, mainly for this fella [Jamie Carragher] playing in his last derby," Gerrard told Sky Sports 1. "Everton have improved a lot. 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."

Carragher, who will retire at the end of the season, was disappointed not to sign off with a win in his final game against Everton but credited the opposition for being able to keep a Liverpool side growing in confidence at bay.

He said: "It's a fair result. It wasn't to be and a draw was a fair result. 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. 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."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a tough task replacing Carragher in the summer. The defender has played over 700 times for his hometown side and Gerrard is certain that there aren't many more like him out there.

He added: "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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