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ToffeeLinks 31/10/2012: Gerrard Backtrack

The slowest day of the week including Gerrard's backtrack and other news and links.

This isn't a foul, Liverpool fans?
This isn't a foul, Liverpool fans?
Clive Brunskill

Liverpool FC skipper Steven Gerrard admits he went too far with Everton FC derby comments - Liverpool FC News - Liverpool FC - Liverpool Echo
-- It was blown out of proportion to begin with, but this is damage control.

Phil Jagielka hits back at Steven Gerrard for comparing Everton to Stoke | Mail Online
"Phil Jagielka has hit back at Steven Gerrard's assertion that Everton are 'just like Stoke' with his own barbed comments about Liverpool's style of play." "There is a feeling amongst Evertonians that Gerrard’s comments have shown that David Moyes’ squad have started to get under Liverpool’s skin. Everton are six points ahead of their neighbours and aim to finish above them in the table for the second successive year."

-- I think the headlines are overstating his response quite a bit. He pretty much said that we change our tactics and if we have Fellaini on the field, we'll use long balls as well as strategies but we are definitely direct in our play.

More Jagielka quotes: 'I suppose it’s a backhanded compliment,’ said Jagielka. ‘Stevie must have thought Liverpool were in a game to come out which such comments. It makes you chuckle, but if Stevie is saying things like that, there must be a reason behind it which must be that we are doing something well.'

Naismith eager to get going at Everton after breaking scoring duck - Goal.com
"Everton forward Steven Naismith insists that there is much more to come from him after scoring the equaliser in Sunday's Merseyside derby."