It was a fine performance from the Reds captain and halted a run of three consecutive losses in the Premier League for Kenny Dalglish's side.
Here’s how GMF saw the individual performances on the night:
Pepe Reina – 6/10
Solid when needing to be but was rarely troubled by the Toffees' toothless forward line.
Jose Enrique – 7
The full-back was unspectacular here but kept things tight down the Liverpool left and was helpful in support of the attack.
Jamie Carragher – 7
Everton’s muscular forward line played into his hands and had no trouble dealing with the physical approach. Made one crucial block from a Rodwell shot.
Martin Skrtel – 7
Unruffled as ever and won most aerial battles he went into.
Martin Kelly – 8
Was a constant menace going forward in the first half and his shot led to the opening goal. Rarely troubled in defence – an exemplary full-back display.
Jay Spearing – 6
Is becoming an important member of the Reds’ midfield, in the Mascherano mould. Broke up play effectively and moved the ball on quickly.
Jordan Henderson – 7
Seems to be growing into the team – made some nice through-balls in the first half and his passing game is improving every week.
Stewart Downing – 6
The England winger’s link-up play was good but he had a challenging evening up against a solid Everton right-hand side.
Steven Gerrard – 10 MOM
Looked something like his old self and constantly troubled the Toffees’ back four with his passing and drive. First Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in a Merseyside derby at Anfield in over 70 years.
Luis Suarez – 9
Was a constant threat all night and laid on two of Gerrard’s three goals. His movement unsettled Everton’s central defensive pairing and his use of the ball was superb. Would have scored maximum if he had got on the score sheet - finishing still needs work.
Andy Carroll – 7
The big man is beginning to find his feet at Anfield and put in a hard-working display. Combined well with Suarez at times and provided another distraction for the Everton defence to allow the Uruguayan to do his best work.
Dirk Kuyt (for Henderson 72’) – 6
Came on to shore up the Liverpool right and did just that.
Tim Howard – 6
Couldn’t do a lot about any of the goals and made a few sharp saves in the first half.
Leighton Baines – 6
Got forward well enough when able to, but not helped by Pienaar in front of him. Exposed for the first goal.
Tony Hibbert – 7
Is not renowned for his attacking prowess and didn’t provide much quality in his crossing. Was strong in defence and nothing much came down his side. Collected a silly booking.
Phil Jagielka – 6
Matched up against Andy Carroll for most of the evening and found it difficult to handle his threat. Not a good night for the England international.
Sylvain Distin – 5
Was beaten too easily for Liverpool’s second and was tormented by Suarez all evening. He will want to forget this performance quickly.
Seamus Coleman – 6
One part of the intriguing battle down the Everton right – a battle that essentially cancelled out the effects of the players involved. Unlucky to be withdrawn after an hour.
Steven Pieenar – 6
Was Everton’s best player going forward but the Liverpool defence were equal to most of his attacking intentions. Defensively slack and was culpable for losing Kelly on a number of occasions.
Jack Rodwell – 5
The England youngster moved the ball on tidily but was poor with his final ball and his shooting. Could not really exert any influence on the game.
Marouane Fellaini – 7
Battled well in the middle of the park, especially with Andy Carroll. Won the ball a lot and got forward well in the second half.
Denis Stracqualursi – 4
Could not impose himself on the Liverpool centre-halves and failed to make any real contribution. Substituted after an hour.
Victor Anichebe – 4
Faired similarly to his strike partner and could not get any change out of Carragher and Skrtel. One part of a triple substitution on the hour.
Nikica Jelavic (for Anichebe 61’) – 6
Put himself about and won a few headers but could not pick up the pace of the game.
Leon Osman (for Stracqualursi 61’) – 6
His more refined footwork gave Everton greater penetration but it was against a resolute rear guard.
Royston Drenthe (for Coleman 61’) – 4
Was booked, failed to create anything and gave the ball away constantly – one ofo these occasions being for the third goal. Will wish he had never come on.
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