Dirk Kuyt's hat-trick against Manchester United is chosen as No. 4 in our countdown of LFC's 100 Most Exciting PL Games.
LFC's Most Exciting PL Games No.4: March 6, 2011. Liverpool 3-1 Man United.
Dirk Kuyt scored his first hat-trick in a Liverpool shirt as the Kop celebrated Kenny Dalglish's 60th birthday in style with a 3-1 victory over rivals Manchester United.
Luis Suarez enjoyed an outstanding game and was on hand to set up the opening goal. Picking the ball up on the left side of the visitors' penalty area, the Uruguayan managed to glide through three United defenders before slipping a shot across the face of goal and Kuyt was on hand to gleefully smash home.
Suarez was involved again for the Reds' second goal. His searching cross into the area was inadvertently headed invitingly into Kuyt's path by Nani, leaving the Dutchman free to nod home the simplest of headers.
Kuyt completed his hat-trick on 65 minutes in front of the Kop. With Van der Sar unable to keep hold of Suarez's free kick, Liverpool's No.18 was on hand to notch his third, becoming the first Reds player since Peter Beardsley in 1990 to score a hat-trick in this fixture.
As the Anfield faithful erupted into a chorus of 'Happy Birthday King Kenny', there was still time for Javier Hernandez to score a late consolation for United. However, it would not be enough to dampen Liverpool spirits as they ended the day 3-1 winners.