Last night Steven Gerrard became the first player since Ian Rush to net a league hat-trick in the Merseyside derby, but insists he is nothing like the Liverpool goalscoring legend!

1982 had been the last time a player scored a treble or more in the derby, with Rush finding the net on four occasions at Goodison Park, while no player had done so at Anfield since Fred Howe 77 years ago.

Gerrard can now lay claim to that record - having scored all three in a 3-0 win - and admits the hat-trick was extra 'special' knowing he replicated a feat achieved by his former hero Rush.

The 31-year-old, though, was quick to clarify that he does not in any way compare himself to the Welsh striker, insisting Rush was a 'different breed'.

"I suppose it does make it even more special, especially if it was Ian Rush," Gerrard told the official Liverpool website.

"He's a hero of mine, I looked up to him for a long time and watched many, many videos of him.

"But let's not be stupid - I'm not comparing myself to Ian Rush! He was a different breed."

Following his latest goalscoring exploits, Gerrard now needs 11 more to record a century of goals of Liverpool in the Premier League.

His overall record for the Reds stands at 149 goals scored in 576 appearances - an Anfield career spanning 14 seasons.

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