Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after his hat-trick against Everton:
“To get three goals is a bit extra but I have to give Luis Suarez a special mention. He put two on a plate for me. I haven’t played with him much but when I have we have an understanding. Hopefully that can continue.
“It’s been a frustrating run for us, we never turned up at Sunderland and we are going from one extreme to the other at the moment. We need a winning streak.”
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish:
“All the local boys were fantastic for us. I’m not educated enough to add to the fantastic comments about Steven Gerrard. He’s had one or two bumps and injuries this year but to come back and get three in the derby will be a boost for him.
“His quality is there for all to see. He’s been a fantastic player for this club throughout his whole career and he always will be.”
Everton boss David Moyes:
“Liverpool were the better side but we gave away the second and third goals. We were at fault tonight.
“I made changes but you have to try and plan what you are doing when you have three games in a week. If I’d had a draw against Liverpool and a draw agasint Tottenham at the weekend I may have taken that – but I’ve got three points, not two.”
LINE-UPS Liverpool v Everton
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Adam, Shelvey, Flanagan.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Pienaar, Stracqualursi, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Jelavic, Drenthe, Cahill, Neville, Osman.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Liverpool 1-0 Everton – Steven Gerrard
How about this for a touch of class from Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard? Martin Kelly has a shot saved by Tim Howard, who knocks it out to the edge of the area. Gerrard measures an inch-perfect lob with his left foot, over Howard and over the three defenders on the line and into the net. That was absolute perfection. A goal on Gerrard’s 400th Premier League appearance.
GOALLiverpool 2-0 Everton – Steven Gerrard (51 mins)
Another deadly finish from captain Steven Gerrard puts Liverpool in control at Anfield. Jordan Henderson sends Luis Suarez away in the right channel, he comes into the box and glides past Sylvain Distin far, far too easily. Gerrard takes the ball off Suarez’s toes to smash it into the roof of the net.
GOALLiverpool 3-0 Everton – Steven Gerrard (90 mins, hat-trick)
Marvellous goal as Steven Gerrard completes his hat-trick. He wins the ball in midfield before feeding in Luis Suarez inside the area. The striker keeps his feet before selflessly teeing up Gerrard in the middle and he dispatches an unerring strike into the roof of the net.