Thursday 13 March 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Steven Gerrard scored the first hat-trick in a Merseyside derby for 30 years as Liverpool earned a comfortable win over their local rivals Everton.
Gerrard's impressive treble secured the Reds' first Barclays Premier League win for five matches.
The result stretched Everton's winless away run to five matches and ended their unbeaten run of nine fixtures in all competitions.
Gerrard had already been denied the opener by a superb save from Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard when he finally broke the deadlock on 34 minutes by lifting the ball over Howard, who had saved a shot from Martin Kelly.
Six minutes after the interval, the home side doubled their advantage as Luiz Suarez charged into the Everton penalty area and pulled the ball across to Gerrard, who hammered home the second.
Jose Enrique then made a crucial clearance to stop Jack Rodwell pulling one back before Gerrard claimed the match ball by converting another Suarez pass in stoppage time for his eighth goal of the season in all competitions.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was full of praise for his captain, saying: "Steven has been fantastic for this football club and he was fantastic tonight. We are delighted we have at last got reward for a great performance here."
His Everton counterpart David Moyes said: "I am hurt because I am the Everton manager and I have lost to my rivals Liverpool. We led to our own downfall but after you give it away you still have to score and Liverpool did that."