Gerrard looks for new Liverpool heroes
Steven Gerrard says that Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton gives his teammates a chance to etch their names in Liverpool folklore.
Last time the Reds travelled to Wembley they secured their first piece of silverware since 2006, with victory over Cardiff City on penalties sealing the Carling Cup trophy earlier this season.
And now Gerrard believes the scene is set for someone to emerge as a hero and secure another trip to the iconic stadium for Kenny Dalglish's men.
"I think it's happened a lot of times, big players have had a big impact on big games but anyone can be the hero on the day," the 31-year-old said.
"It's one of those occasions that's set up so well for heroes. Big games, big heroes - let's hope they're in red shirts."
Saturday's kick-off will be the first Merseyside derby clash at Wembley since 1989, which came just a month after the Hillsborough disaster, and Gerrard has welcomed the commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the tragedy before the game.
"This is not only a semi-final is it? It is a semi-final against Everton," he added. "For everyone at this club and everyone at Everton this is massive.
"I'm not going to play it down because everyone knows how big it is for me and everyone at the club.
"FA Cup semi-finals are very big at the best of times, but when you are playing your local rivals there's an extra bit of spice involved and it makes it that bit bigger.
"It's my responsibility and that of the other experienced players in the dressing room to help the younger lads that are going to be involved.
"It's important that we don't get too fired up and lose a man. I've been guilty of that in the past and we will be aware of that.
"There is a big responsibility on the players and supporters that this game gets played in the right manner and it is a fair game and a good game and afterwards people are talking about the good things.
"It does fall on this weekend (of the Hillsborough anniversary) and everyone does need to pay their respects."
Liverpool's Premier League form has been in stark contrast to that of Everton's lately, with David Moyes' men one point ahead of their rivals in the table, but Gerrard does not believe this will be a factor in this weekend's clash.
"I don't think the league position's got anything to do with this game and I don't think you need any extra motivation going into a local derby at Wembley in front of 92,000 in an FA Cup semi-final," he said.
"That's the motivation. I don't think any player on the pitch will be thinking about league position once the game starts.
"The thinking will be: 'What can we do on this pitch to get into the final?'"