Maxi Rodriguez scored a hat-trick, supported by goals from Dirk Kuyt and Joe Cole, as Liverpool ran riot at Anfield to beat Birmingham 5-0.

None of the Argentinian's goals were much more than a tap-in but he benefited from the way Kenny Dalglish's side tore apart the visitors with their passing game.

Substitute Cole scored late on as Liverpool kept up the pressure in the race for fifth place in the Barclays Premier League.

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