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Derby anxiety still high for Carragher
Published : 05 Feb 2010 15:28:00
Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher admits the fear of losing remains his overriding emotion when he comes up against Everton.Fortunately for the Bootle-born defender, those occasions have been few and far between during his career at the club, with the last decade bringing just two defeats in 20 matches, including eight victories at Goodison Park.The 32-year-old will play in his 25th derby at Anfield on Saturday - where Everton have not won since 1999 - but still feels the same pangs of nerves."My feelings haven't changed one bit. There is always that little bit of extra anxiety, which comes from the fear of losing," he said. "You talk about results being more important than performances but, ideally, you want to put the two together."But when you think over the last decade we've probably had our best ever run of results against Everton. Normally in the past whenever Everton have beaten Liverpool, the accusation was that they wanted it a little bit more."So I'm glad in the last decade we have turned that around and hopefully we'll be able to keep the run going into the next decade. The important thing is that you could never accuse us of lacking desire in these games."