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Gerrard leads Liverpool to win

2012-03-14 07:03

London - Steven Gerrard marked his 400th Premier League appearance with a hat trick on Tuesday, leading Liverpool to a 3-0 win over local rival Everton.

Gerrard opened the scoring in the 34th minute by curling a precise shot over three defenders and goalkeeper Tim Howard. The England midfielder then twice profited from good approach work by Luis Suarez, scoring in the 51st and in injury time.

Although a top-four place and Champions League qualification looks to be beyond Liverpool, the Reds are now five points clear of Everton and head into Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Stoke in high spirits.

"To beat Everton is always special, so to get three goals is a little bit extra," Gerrard said. "It was a great term performance. Everything we wanted from the game, we got it."

Liverpool has already won the League Cup and secured a return to continental competition next season. It now looks set to finish above Everton for a seventh straight season.

Gerrard looked to have missed the opportunity for his opening goal when he failed to control a forward pass from Suarez.

The ball instead went to Martin Kelly, who forced Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into a double save. A rebound from the second save rolled to the feet of Gerrard on the edge of the area, from where the England midfielder scored with his less-favored left foot into the middle of the goal just under the bar.

Kelly could have made it 2-0 shortly after but shot across goal and past the far post.

The second goal came when Suarez beat Sylvain Distin on the byline to wriggle into the area and Gerrard took the ball off his team-mate's toes to score with a rising shot through a crowd of players.

Suarez then led a counterattack down the left and unselfishly opted to pass to the unmarked Gerrard for a straightforward finish from a central position.

"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," Gerrard said.

In the second-tier League Championship, Reading moved up to second place with a 1-1 draw at Doncaster. Hull moved above Cardiff into the playoff places with a 3-0 win at the Welsh club, which lost last month's League Cup final to Liverpool in a shootout.

AP

Comments
  • Bob - 2012-03-14 07:51

    Woo hoo, that was a better performance from the true reds, although Henderson had a bit of a mare the 1st half, the final scoreline flattered the blues, again we missed some simple chances, gr8 hat trick from our Cappie YNWA.

      David - 2012-03-14 08:36

      Way to go boys. Stevie G is one of the great legends of liverpool, up there with the likes of Rush, Barnes and King Kennie. Lets hope next year will be a good year for us.

      Jono - 2012-03-14 08:59

      Why does Maxi and Bellamy not start? If all is fit and good to go: (give me your team please) Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skertel, Kelly Bellamy, Gerrard, Maxi, Enrique/Downing Saurez, Carrol/Kuyt Im not a big Carrol fan but its nice to know they can easily counter attack through one of the defenders kicking a long pass or Reina and Carrol will win it 80% of the time or at least make it difficult for them.

      Bob - 2012-03-14 12:12

      Jono, come on if you gonna support LFC you have to learn about them, bellamy has knee problems and has to be looked after ie play limited games / amount of time on the pitch, Maxi, well he has been given extended runs in the side and not always shown great appetite for the game, you have picked two right backs in your starting lineup, we are not a side like Chelsea or Man City, we don't go out and buy every big named player that is for sale, we are slowly building a side for the future, Kenny has turned our football club around from the brink of disaster and done it without even one full season in charge, we are nowhere near the finished product yet but we getting there quicker than I expected, YNWA.

      Alexander - 2012-03-14 15:01

      Jono - that side is not the greatest. Why would you have Enrique on the wing? His cross completion is terrible; but he is a superb left back. Maxi in the center? Not a chance - particularly if you are playing the 4-4-2; which would require a good DCM or 2 excellent box-to-box CM's. I'd like to see a 4-2-3-1 myself; or an experiment with a lopsided left heavy diamond - basically what we revert to by playing Hendo on the right -he always drifts in; but then we need to bolster the left to make it worth while. Maybe Reina, Johnston, Skrtl, Agger, Enrique Spearing/Lucas (hey - you did say all fit), Henderson Kuyt, Gerrard, Suarez Carroll Alternatively front 4 could be: Suarez, Gerrard, Downing Kuyt

      Gunner - 2012-03-14 15:06

      Yes Bob great win , but the toffees were concentrating more on the FA cup quarters this weekend. Their team selection proves that....As the song goes "we dont care what the red side says , the everton boys will be back"...will be great to see an Everton v Pool semi at Goodison...pay back time

      Bob - 2012-03-14 15:10

      Look forward to it, it was good to hear the most successful CITY in the history of English football is, wait for it, LIVERPOOL, woo hoo again.

      Jono - 2012-03-14 15:52

      Oki thanks BOB, if all is fit i would like to start Bellamy. Maxi at one stage had the most goals in the team with half the game time. so he must of been doing something right. Buying big players...Maybe that is not such a bad idea. And listen with that team we have there is no reason why we should be in 7th spot again. Loosing to bottom of the log teams are unacceptable! maybe taking there salary away when they loose to a weak team.

      Bob - 2012-03-14 16:14

      Jono there is a small piece of the puzzle not quite fitting, I think we have been outplayed certainly once and maybe twice all season, as you rightly say we are so much better than 7th spot, a couple of players have taken time to settle, Carroll is beginning to look sharp, Downing has basically been a disappointment, Suarez although good has not got the goals, we are getting closer, it will take a little time, trust in KK he knows best.

      Barrie - 2012-03-15 16:04

      Great win, great to see Suarez, Caroll, and Gerrard linking up, thye have had much playing time together on the pitch, but as you can see by the performance on Tuesday, we look pretty good up front when all three of them are fit..

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