Anfield hat-trick hero reflects on 'perfect' day

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Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez says the reception he received at Anfield on Saturday after netting his first Reds hat-trick was one of the greatest moments of his career.

Maxi played a starring role as Kenny Dalglish's midas touch continued to bear fruit for Liverpool, who romped to a 5-0 victory over relegation strugglers Birmingham City.

"It's definitely my best moment in a Liverpool shirt," beamed Rodriguez in an interview with LFCTV.

"I think it's more special because we scored a lot of goals, it was my first hat-trick for the club and also because I scored it at Anfield in front of our fans.

"The whole ground gave me a reception I will never forget and Kenny also said he was very happy with my performance, so I have to be delighted with what was a perfect day for me."


His close-range treble in addition to goals from Dirk Kuyt and second half substitute Joe Cole, keeps Liverpool's slim hopes of European qualification alive, as they close the gap on fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur who could only manage a draw at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The victory leaves the Reds three points behind Spurs with four games to play, though Harry Redknapp's side still have a game in hand.

But Maxi reaffirmed that at this stage of the season, Liverpool can't be distracted by other results, and must focus solely on their own performances.

"The team played really well and that is the most important thing," he continued.

"We will keep fighting right until the end and hopefully we can finish the season in a positive way."

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