Steven Gerrard scored a hat trick, the first in a derby fixture since 1982, as Liverpool claimed local bragging rights with a 3-0 win over Everton.
In a game that can be summed in numbers, Gerrard making his 400th league appearance for the club netted in the 34th, 51st and 93rd minute to ruin the 10 year anniversary of David Moyes as Blues manager.
The Reds came into the game on the back of three straight defeats while Everton were unbeaten in nine but as Kenny Dalglish stated in his pre-match conference form counts for nothing on derby day, the Scots words backed up by a dominant Liverpool performance.
Gerrard opened the scoring when he reacted first after Tim Howard had saved from Martin Kelly, the soon to be 32 year old expertly guiding the ball in the back of the net.
The second arrived on 51 minutes, after Everton had made a strong start to the second half, when Luis Suarez skipped past Sylvain Distin to slip the ball to his club captain to make it 2-0.
Suarez and his striker partner Andy Carroll both had chances to increase the lead further before Gerrard showed them how it’s done exchanging passes with Suarez before beating Howard.
After the game, the England international spoke of his belief in the blossoming partnership between him, Suarez and Carroll telling Sky Sports “I haven’t played with him much but when we do we seem to have an understanding.
“With Andy (Carroll) as well, I think the three of us in the starting XI are always going to be a threat.
“Hopefully that can continue to get stronger and stronger.”
Liverpool and Everton teams for tonight’s Merseyside derby
Liverpool team to play Everton
Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique; Spearing, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Carroll.
Everton team to play Liverpool
Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Distin, Fellaini, Jagielka, Pienaar, Stracqualursi, Coleman, Rodwell, Anichebe