Steven Gerrard loved a Merseyside Derby.
The Liverpool legend made his first appearance against Everton as a substitute in April 1999, heroically clearing two off the line late on to secure the Reds’ first derby win in five years aged just 18, then two years later scored his first goal in the fixture – a screamer in the 3-1 win at Goodison Park.
Whether it be a goal in each game in the 2005 fixtures, a red card in 2006 or countless captain’s performances, Gerrard was always a key figure in the city’s biggest fixture.
In 32 Merseyside Derbies, Gerrard scored eight goals, with three of those eight coming in his finest hour against the blue half of the city.
The game in question was March 13, 2012, with Gerrard becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the fixture at Anfield since Fred Howe way back in 1935.
And with the pair – now managed by Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti – set to lock horns again this weekend, Gerrard has got the derby juices flowing with his reply to Liverpool’s social media post.
The Reds posted on Instagram with the caption: “Hat-trick hero. Stevie’s superb treble against our next opponents, @everton.”
A video of all three goals from his famous treble followed – with the response emphatic.
Jose Enrique replied with “Suarez and Stevie” with two flame emojis, while Lucas Leiva simply put four clapping hand emojis.
The man himself also got involved, posting a message that would be echoed by Liverpool fans all around the world.
“Can’t we do it again,” he said, accompanied by a crying face emoji and a red love heart.
Gerrard may well afford himself 90 minutes to tune in to the 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, with his Rangers side not in action until Sunday, as they look to maintain their race to the Scottish Premiership title against Dundee United.
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For Liverpool, they are looking to end a run of three straight defeats in the Premier League against their near neighbours, a run that has seen them slip to sixth in the table and 16 points off leaders Manchester City.