Liverpool 3 Everton 0: Dalglish left speechless by Gerrard display

Kenny Dalglish heaps praise on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after the midfielder scored a hat-trick against Everton at Anfield

Premier League, 13 March 2012, Anfield
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Liverpool
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Everton

Steven Gerrard’s performance left Kenny Dalglish lost for words after the Liverpool captain’s hat-trick fired the Reds to a comfortable victory in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool captain opened the scoring in the 34th minute, when he chipped Tim Howard after the Everton goalkeeper had saved Martin Kelly’s low shot.

Gerrard then added a second after 54 minutes, finishing off a superb Liverpool move with a powerful finish high into the Everton net, before completing his hat-trick deep into injury-time.

“I left school at 15, my vocabulary is not that great,” said Dalglish afterwards. “There is no way I could extol the virtues of Steven Gerrard and do him justice.

“Three goals tonight was fantastic reward for him, and the other three local lads we had didn’t do too badly either.”

Liverpool’s derby victory marked the club’s first league win in five outings, and Dalglish was delighted by his team’s work ethic in a dominant performance against the Toffees.

“Every one of them put in a fantastic contribution,” he continued. “If you don’t do that against Everton, you’re not going to win 3-0.

“It was a fantastic performance. They had to compete really hard against an Everton team who have been going really well.

“The result reflected the performance and we’re delighted that at last we’ve got a reward for a great performance – one of the many we’ve had here.”

The Reds next face an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Stoke City at Anfield on Sunday – and Dalglish has called on his side to use Tuesday’s win as a building block for a positive string of results.

“We’ve got a really difficult game coming up on Sunday so we can enjoy this for a couple of days before looking forward,” said Dalglish.

“The season has not finished because we have won a game. We’ve got to carry on and do the best we can to win more games. If we play and compete like that, I’m sure we will.”

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