Liverpool's hat-trick hero Maxi Rodriguez sets sights on Europe

25 April 2011 11:39
New Kop idol Maxi Rodriguez insists that Liverpool can overhaul Tottenham to claim fifth place in the Premier League and qualify for Europe.

The Argentina international netted his first hat-trick for Liverpool as the Reds romped to a 5-0 victory over Birmingham on Saturday - and admitted that the reception he received from the Kop was one of his finest moments in football.

Kop idol: Maxi Rodriguez celebrates his third goal against Birmingham City

The No.17 doubled his tally for the season to six with a masterclass of close-range finishing and revealed that it was the highlight of his Anfield stay so far.

'It's definitely my best moment in a Liverpool shirt,' Rodriguez told

'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.

Hat-trick hero: Rodriguez gets a pat on the back from Kenny Dalglish

'I have to say that it was also a great moment when I was substituted in the last minute. 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.'

Rodriguez's exploits in front of goal may have earned him the headlines but he was keen to stress that his teammates deserve their share of the praise as they continue their pursuit of fifth-placed Tottenham.

He added: 'It is definitely a great feeling to score a hat-trick but it is not just about me scoring the goals.

'The team played really well and that is the most important thing.

'Tottenham's draw means we have closed the gap to fifth place and we still have a chance of qualifying for Europe. We will keep fighting right until the end and hopefully we can finish the season in a positive way.'

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