Skipper remains focussed

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has reassured fans that the team are completely focussed on preparing for this Saturday’s FA Cup Final in Cardiff against West Ham, despite the shenanigans regarding the final off the pitch.

1,600 of Liverpool fans seats will be empty for the match after the robbery of official match tickets last week, leaving fans and the club fuming.

But Gerrard says this is not effecting the preparations for the big day. He said, “There a lot of things going on in the week leading up to the game, such as media days and that, but as a player that stuff is not important. What’s most important for us as individuals is getting ourselves right so that we’re ready for the game on Saturday.

“As captain it’s my responsibility to help the boys as much as I can during this time. We’ve experienced the FA Cup Final build-up before, in 2001, and we’ve just got to take this experience into Saturday’s final.

“It’s a bit different this time because West Ham are the underdogs. We’ll give them a load of respect but we are going there to do the job.”

As previously reported on This Is Anfield, Gerrard celebrated the birth of his second baby daughter on Monday. Lexie was born weighing 7lb 6oz.

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