By FOX SPORTS Staff
Everton have performed above expectations this season and currently find themselves sixth in the table on 59 points, five points ahead of arch-rivals Liverpool in seventh.
The Toffees have yet to record a victory at Anfield under current manager David Moyes, but they will have as good a chance as any on Sunday when they take on a Liverpool side missing their top scorer Luis Suarez, who is currently serving a 10 game ban for a bite on Branislav Ivanovic two weeks ago.
With Liverpool's long-serving defender Jamie Carragher set to retire at the end of the season, this will be the 35-year-old's last ever Merseyside derby, and Gerrard acknowledges that the team will want to pick up a win for the former England international, but the 32-year-old midfielder claimed nobody would be too bothered if they fail to do so.
"Carra will want to finish above Everton," Gerrard was quoted as saying by the Sun.
"That'll be in his head 100 per cent, it's in everyone's head in the short-term.
"But, you know, sixth or seventh is not a real big deal is it?
"If Everton finish above us and their fans, players and everyone are really happy, then that's up to them.
"But if we finish above Everton there will be no celebrating because it's nothing really.
"We want to win the derby, of course we do. We want to finish above Everton, of course we do. But in the big picture is it really, really important? I don't know - maybe not."
Gerrard also revealed that he would not be overly fired-up for the Merseyside derby but backed Carragher to shine on Sunday.
"I used to get wound up for derbies but learnt a few years ago that winding yourself up for football matches isn't good," Gerrard added.
"As a local lad, though, derbies are different, completely different to other games.
"That's one of the reasons why this is probably Carra's biggest derby because it'll be the one he remembers.
"He's going out where people want a bit more rather than saying 'Get him out, he's making a show of himself'. He will go out on a high, he's picked the right time."
Everton have not finished above of Liverpool in the Premier League for two consecutive seasons in 51 years but can do so with victory on Sunday.