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Thursday 13 March 2014

On this day in 2012: Gerrard hat-trick wins Merseyside derby

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a memorable derby day triumph for Liverpool

Arsenal go joint top with win at Hull in 2010, Everton part company with Walter Smith in 2002 and Steven Gerrard scores a hat-trick in Merseyside derby in 2012 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

13 March 2012 - Liverpool 3-0 Everton

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."

  • A hat-trick from midfielder Steven Gerrard sealed a Merseyside derby win for Liverpool

  • Gerrard's three-goal haul against Everton was the first Merseyside derby treble for 30 years

  • Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish shakes the hand of Everton boss David Moyes

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Steven Gerrard's hat-trick sealed a 3-0 Merseyside derby win for Liverpool at Anfield