A day before their Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield, inspirational Gerrard called in his teammates to take “responsibility for where they are in the league”.
“We need a reaction and there’s no better team to produce that against than Everton,” Gerrard said on Monday. “These are the games you always look forward to. It’s a night match and there’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere at Anfield.”
Gerrard, who played his 400th league game, put action to words on Tuesday night, scoring a hat-trick to help his side end their losing run which began with Manchester United, continued with Arsenal and Sunderland. The Reds also ended Everton’s 7-match unbeaten performances on Tuesday.
Gerrard found it frustrating that his team has struggled to find their form this season, so it was a big relief to him after being able to defeat Everton and he hopes this win will be the beginning some “level of consistency” in the team.
“It has been frustrating, the inconsistency we’ve been showing in the league, very frustrating,” Gerrard said.
“We need to find a level of consistency where we go on a winning streak.”
It was really vintage Gerrard on the night, scoring one of his trademark goals from a thunderous strike much to the admiration of his coach Dalglish.
“I am not educated enough to add to what anybody else is saying about Steven,” Dalglish said.
“He has been fantastic for this football club. For a guy who left school at 15, my vocabulary is not that great.
“There is no way I could extol the virtues of Steven Gerrard and do him justice.
“He was fantastic tonight, but I think the three other local lads we had were as well. They didn’t do too badly.
“He is the first to say he wouldn’t have been there with three goals without the help of the others.”
“I think it was a fantastic performance – the result reflected the performance,” Dalglish added.
“For us, we are delighted we have at last got reward for a great performance here.
“It is one of the many we have had here, but we got reward for the effort we put in.
“It is always nice when you play really well and win. Sometimes it is even better when you are rubbish and you still get three points but that hasn’t happened to us too many times this season.
“It is a good reward for the players. It is great they maintained the belief in themselves and the philosophies we have got and the way they have been playing.”