On this day in 2011 Liverpool beat Birmingham City 5-0.

As Alex McLeish’s Birmingham came to visit Anfield, Liverpool looked to continue their pursuit of the increasingly elusive Premier League top four. Maxi Rodriguez set the Reds off as they meant to go on with a goal inside the opening 10 minutes, following up on Ben Foster fumbling a shot from Jay Spearing. After a further 20 minutes Dirk Kuyt doubled the Reds lead seeing the hosts go into the break with at 2-0.

Going into the second half Rodriguez completed a hat-trick, both his second half goals being assisted by Luis Suarez. Further adding to Birmingham’s misery Joe Cole capped off the victory by netting Liverpool’s fifth of the match, sealing all three points and closing the gap between themselves and fourth placed Manchester City to just four points.