Fernando TorresFernando Torres smashed a hat trick as Liverpool ran riot with a 6-1 win over struggling Hull City.

Steven Gerrard and Ryan Babel (2) were also on target to give Liverpool an emphatic 6-1 win at home and increase their push for the title.

The Reds now sit just three points behind Chelsea who went down 3-1 at Wigan. 

With 12 minutes gone, Riera stabbed the ball into the City box, Torres’s controlled, turned Sonko with his right foot and slotted past Myhill with his left to put the Reds 1-0 ahead.

However within just three minutes the scores were level again after first Martin Skrtel, then Dirk Kuyt failed to clear a swinging Hull City cross, leaving an unmarked Geovanni to hit home from 8 yards out.

Liverpool responded well with some urgency and flowing attacks and on 28 minutes Torres put them 2-1 in front. Benayoun found the Spaniard on the edge of the six-yard box but Torres did the rest in style. Bypassing Ghilas and Myhill with clever footwork. Torres then fired past two defenders on the goalline.

Torres completed his hat trick just after the restart, Benayoun again the provider with a throughball to beat the offside trap. Torres shot through the legs of McShane and past the keeper. 

Gerrard made it 4-1 on 61 minutes with a cross / shot from 25yds out that beat everyone and crashed in off the bar. Torres, Benayoun and Gerrard were shortly after removed from the action ahead of the Champions League game against Fiorentina and Babel took over the scoring.

Babel struck on 88 minutes after Kuyt went down the right and whipped in a cross to give Babel the simplest of tap ins. His second came after a stroke of luck when he inadvertently deflected Riera’s shot to see it loop over the helpless Hull keeper.

A great boost for the Reds goal difference as they look forward to taking on Chelsea in the league minus the suspended Cech after his sending off against Wigan today.