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Gerrard wants repeat performance

Steven Gerrard
Gerrard skippered Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Everton on Saturday

Steven Gerrard has warned his Liverpool team-mates not to get carried away with their strong start to the season.

They are second in the Premier League after beating Everton 2-0, their best start in 12 years, but Gerrard is keeping his feet on the ground.

Wednesday's Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven is next and he said: "It's important to be humble and not get carried away by the performance."

"But we set a standard (at Everton) we need to match week in week out."

A Fernando Torres double proved the difference against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday and Gerrard was delighted to see him back to his best.

We were winning games but stumbling early on in the season, but I think the derby performance has set the standard

Steven Gerrard
Gerrard admitted he was relieved with the Spaniard's impressive quickfire double, as the derby had been giving him sleepless nights.

"You can't keep strikers with his talent down for long because they aren't going to go long without a goal.

"It was only a matter of time. He was a bit frustrated first-half, but then [Robbie] Keane's put one on a plate for him and the second one was typical Torres.

"As a local lad these are the most difficult games to prepare for. The nerves start the week before and you can't wait for the game to come about, so the fear of losing these games takes up a lot of energy beforehand."

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Torres Torres
Gerrard remains one short of his 100th Liverpool goal, but he is confident it will come soon and is more concerned with how the team is doing.

"We were winning games but stumbling early on in the season, but I think the derby performance has set the standard now.

"We've got a big game on Wednesday and then another important game against Manchester City, (and) if we can continue that level then we will certainly be there or thereabouts come the end of the season."


see also
Everton 0-2 Liverpool
27 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Torres confident of title charge
27 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Premier League as it happened
27 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
27 Sep 08 |  Football


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