Gerrard: I can get Carroll and Suarez firing
Published 22:57 13/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Steven Gerrard fired in a hat-trick to blow away Everton - and then predicted big things from Liverpool's three-pronged attacking force.
The skipper believes he can gel with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll after seeing his side wipe out memories of three Premier League defeats on the bounce.
He said: "To beat Everton is always special, so to get three goals is a little bit extra, but I have to give my team-mates a special mention, especially Luis Suarez who put two goals on a plate for me.
"It was a great term performance, a clean sheet. Everything we wanted from the game we got it."
Asked about linking up well with Suarez, Gerrard said: "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."
Gerrard has been pained by recent results, with losses to Manchester United, Arsenal and Sunderland preceding tonight's Anfield success.
He has not always been able to play a full part this season, due to injuries, and said: "It's been frustrating, the inconsistency we've been showing in the league, very frustrating.
"We played very well against Arsenal and got nothing, then we never turned up at Sunderland. We're going from one extreme to another at the moment.
"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."
Manager Kenny Dalglish seemed initially reluctant to single out Gerrard for praise, before acknowledging it was the England midfielder's brilliance which won the match.
"I think it's a great reward for the players," Dalglish said. "I think all the local boys were fantastic for us: Steven with a hat-trick, Jay Spearing was fantastic, Carra [Jamie Carragher], and Kells [Martin Kelly] at right-back.
"Obviously Steven getting three goals was great reward for him. He's had one or two bumps with injuries this year.
"To come back and get three in a local derby - I'm sure he'll have a wee smile on his face later.
"Nobody needs to tell anybody about Steven Gerrard's qualities. He's been a fantastic player for this football club throughout his whole career and he always will be."
Looking back on the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at Anfield, when Liverpool dominated but lost to a pair of Robin van Persie goals, Dalglish said: "If Steven had been there, we might have won 4-2."
Everton manager David Moyes said: "We gave away three really poor goals."
Moyes' team selection caused some surprise, as he appeared to be resting several players with the FA Cup quarter-final against Sunderland on Saturday in mind.
"When you've got three games in a week, you're always having to think about what you're doing," said the Scot.