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Gerrard beaming after landmark 100th strike

Steven Gerrard scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in Wednesday night's 3-1 Champions League romp against PSV Eindhoven and then demanded his team back up their fine start to the season with silverware.

Gerrard blasted in a 25-yard free-kick to reach his landmark and claim the Reds' third, after strikes from Dirk Kuyt and Robbie Keane - his first for the club - put them in control. Danny Koevermans struck a late consolation for the beleaguered visitors.

Liverpool now have a perfect six points in Group D and have made their best start to a Premier League season - but Gerrard shrugged off talk of his personal achievements to call for his team-mates to continue their rampant form.

"It's fantastic for me but we came to win the game and to get in the driving seat in the group,'' he told Sky Sports.

"It's always a fantastic feeling scoring in front of the Kop and it's nice to say 'thank you' for their support over the years.''

The Reds skipper added: "If you win matches and play well your belief grows and we are very confident we can win. There's a good bond off the pitch and we're all in it together.

"But we've won nothing. It's a good start but it's important to put silverware on table this year - we've gone two years without.''

Keane was delighted to score his first goal for the Reds in his 11th match, but insisted he had not been overly concerned by his drought.

"It's great. I've got a monkey off my back, it's been a few games,'' the striker said.

"It's always nice to get the first goal but I wasn't too worried about it, it was just people talking.

"I hope I score a lot more for this club.''

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was thrilled to see Gerrard reach his century of goals and then insisted the 28-year-old could conceivably double his tally.

"Going forward he is one of the best midfielders in the world,'' he said.

"Today, (he got his) 100th goal, he is still young and can maybe score 200.''

Manager Rafael Benitez hailed Liverpool's best start to a Champions League group campaign - it is the first time Liverpool have taken six points from their first two matches.

"It was almost the perfect night," said the Reds boss.

"It was a really good game for us with lots of positive things, a solid performance with balance and quality.

"Now we must keep on winning. This is a very good start for us - different maybe from last season when we did not start our group matches that well."

Keane and Gerrard came in for particular praise from the manager.

"I was pleased for Robbie Keane," he added.

"Now he has got his first European goal for us, I hope he will now score his first Premier League goal.

"I know Robbie will score a lot more goals for us in the future, so this was just the first step for him.

"I was pleased also for Steven Gerrard. For a midfielder to score 100 goals is very impressive. He is among the very best offensive midfield players anywhere."

PSV coach Huub Stevens accepted his side were outclassed.

"If you go behind so quickly, it will always be difficult against a team like Liverpool - who played fantastically well," he said.

"People made mistakes, and you will be punished when that happens against a team like this.

"Our organisation was okay, but Liverpool were just better. It was a difference in quality - the way they play out from the back is a different level to what we are used to.

"We are very disappointed. The second goal showed how much they outclassed us. They came down their right, and we never got close to them.

"English teams are very strong - they show that in the Champions League every season. We found it hard to contain them."

PSV have much hard work to do to qualify.

"For us it is important that our two games against Marseille give us six points," Stevens prescribed.

"Atletico and Liverpool are very close to qualifying even now.

"They are both very strong. From what I have seen now we have played them both suggests that they are very much the favourites to go through.

"You see how good the English, Spanish and Italian clubs are. It is a problem for the Netherlands - we are happy to be in the Champions League, but it is becoming very difficult to compete."


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