Gerrard inspires Liverpool to merseyside derby win

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard inspired his side to a 3-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The England international midfielder grabbed a hat-trick in a convincing win for Kenny Dalglish’s men, that ended a nine-match unbeaten run for the Toffees.

The talismanic skipper was pleased to get all three goals in the victory, but thanked his team-mates for helping him get the hat-trick.

“To beat Everton is always special, so to get three goals is a little bit extra,” he told Sky Sports after the game.

“It was a great term performance, a clean sheet. Everything we wanted from the game we got it.

But I have to give my team-mates a special mention, especially Luis Suarez who put two goals on a plate for me.

“I haven’t played with him much, but when we do we seem to have an understanding.

“With Andy (Carroll) as well, I think the three of us in the starting XI are always going to be a threat. Hopefully that can continue to get stronger and stronger,” he stated.

Despite the victory, Gerrard has berated disappointing defeats throughout the season, and asked for his side to put a run of wins together.

“It’s been frustrating, the inconsistency we’ve been showing in the league, very frustrating.

“We played very well at Arsenal and got nothing, then we never turned up at Sunderland. We are going from one extreme to another at the moment.

“We need to find a level of consistency where we go on a winning streak, rather than win one and lose one, because otherwise we find ourselves in a position in the league that we don’t want,” he confessed.

Liverpool take on Stoke next in the FA Cup on Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight