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Last Updated: Sunday March 22 2009 18:59 GMT

Liverpool hammer Aston Villa 5-0

Steven Gerrard celebrates goals

Liverpool put the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United by thrashing Aston Villa 5-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard played a big part in Liverpool's victory, when he scored his first ever Premier League hat-trick.

Dirk Kuyt scored early in the match with a close-range goal after Gerrard's free kick. Albert Riera scored a second goal a few minutes later.

Liverpool are now in second place and just one point behind United.

Elsewhere, Wigan moved into seventh place with a 1-0 win against Hull.

And Manchester City beat Sunderland 1-0.