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March 13, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 44921‎
 
 
 
90+3′ Steven Gerrard
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-0 Everton

Steven Gerrard hits a hat-trick to seal an emphatic victory for the Reds in the Merseyside derby

By Greg Stobart at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    159
    4
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Good distribution and was tested very little by Everton.

  • José Enrique
    165
    17
    3.00

    José Enrique

    The Spaniard was comfortable at the back and grew into the game as an atacking threat in the second-half.

  • Jamie Carragher
    180
    12
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Knows all about the the importance of this game and produced a commanding display, always in control.

  • Martin Kelly
    222
    11
    3.50

    Martin Kelly

    Stuck to his task defensively against Pienaar and Baines despite occasionally ball-watching. Made a significant contribution at the other end with a powerful shot in the build-up to Gerrard's opener. Nearly scored himself but couldn't get on the end of Downing's cross.

  • Martin Skrtel
    208
    7
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Dominant in the air throughout the game and was posed few problems by the Everton attack.

  • Steven Gerrard
    484
    22
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard Top of the Match

    The Liverpool captain marked his 400th Premier League appearance with a deadly derby hat-trick. Produced a superb finish to stroke the ball home from the edge of the box for the opener, emphatically smashed in the second after the break and capped the victory in added time. Another inspirational performance on a big night at Anfield.

  • Jordan Henderson
    119
    108
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Worked hard throughout but never looked particularly comfortable on the right side of midfield. Could also have done more to track Baines' forward runs.

  • Stewart Downing
    135
    84
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Lacked the pace and trickery to cause Hibbert any real problems. Did deliver one excellent cross for Kelly in the second half.

  • Jay Spearing
    161
    28
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    No surprise that he crunched into some early tackles and scurried around the pitch looking to win the ball. Lacked quality in possession and at times overpowered, especially by Fellaini.

  • Luis Suárez
    290
    16
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    The Uruguayan's finishing was poor - highlighted by a woeful effort in the second half - but his all-round play was integral to Liverpool's victory. Wonderful skill in the penalty area to create Gerrard's second and third goals.

  • Andy Carroll
    213
    69
    3.00

    Andy Carroll

    Chosen to start alongside Suarez and won some dangerous headers, including one in the first half to set up a chance for Suarez. Lacked mobility and his touch was often poor when in dangerous positions. Fired narrowly wide when presented with the chance to put the Reds 3-0 up and important defensively at set-pieces.

Substitutions

  • Dirk Kuyt
    138
    8
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Replaced Henderson in the 72nd minute and worked hard as Liverpool saw out the game.

  • Tim Howard
    22
    35
    2.50

    Tim Howard

    The American made sharp saves early on to deny Gerrard and Suarez - but he will take some responsibility for Liverpool's opener after failing to deal with Kelly's shot.

  • Tony Hibbert
    15
    20
    3.00

    Tony Hibbert

    Very solid in defence against Downing, getting tight to the Liverpool winger and making some robust tackles. Lacked quality on the ball.

  • Leighton Baines
    31
    22
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Not always comfortable defending but a constant threat in attack, where he combined well with Pienaar and produced some dangerous crosses.

  • Phil Jagielka
    14
    23
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    Strong in the air and showed good reading of the game. Stuck tight to Suarez and had an intriguing duel with the Uruguayan.

  • Sylvain Distin
    12
    21
    2.50

    Sylvain Distin

    The French defender showed good anticipation but was weak in the challenge against Suarez as the Uruguayan set-up Gerrard's second goal.

  • Steven Pienaar
    23
    75
    3.00

    Steven Pienaar Flop of the Match

    Lively and intelligent on the ball despite a tendency to over-complicate things. Lost the ball in the build-up to Gerrard's second goal and booked for a nasty-looking foul on Henderson.

  • Seamus Coleman
    11
    23
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Worked hard but never really caused any problems with his head-down running. Replaced by Drenthe in the 61st minute.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    40
    21
    3.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    The Belgian was excellent in the heart of the Everton midfield, showing strength, anticipation and quality on the ball.

  • Jack Rodwell
    10
    29
    2.50

    Jack Rodwell

    Classy in possession but lacked the creativity to produce defence-splitting passes. Perhaps could have done more to track Gerrard defensively when the Liverpool captain bombed forward.

  • Denis Stracqualursi
    9
    27
    2.50

    Denis Stracqualursi

    The Argentine worked tirelessly and showed good strength with his back to goal - but rarely caused any problems for the home defenders. Saw one header saved by Reina before being replaced by Osman in the 61st minute.

  • Victor Anichebe
    10
    26
    2.50

    Victor Anichebe

    Seemed to switch between playing as a central striker and left midfielder. Strong and a threat in the air but was clumsy on the ball and failed to track Kelly's forward runs. Replaced by Jelavic in the 61st minute.

Substitutions

  • Royston Drenthe
    15
    27
    3.00

    Royston Drenthe

    Came on in the 61st minute and played with energy without doing any damage.

  • Leon Osman
    11
    23
    3.00

    Leon Osman

    Replaced Stracqualursi in the 61st minute but didn't have the time or space to use his creativity.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    26
    19
    3.00

    Nikica Jelavic

    Another 61st minute substitute, he only had one sight at goal but steered his effort wide.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0