Liverpool stormed to the top of the English Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were in stunning form yet again, scoring a goal apiece, with Steven Gerrard making it 3-0 via the penalty spot as a brilliant first half performance from Liverpool completely blew Palace away.
Luis Suarez scores the first goal for Liverpool in the English Premier League game against Crystal Palace, October 5
Dwight Gayle got a consolation for the away side late on, as Liverpool went a point clear of Arsenal, who play on Sunday at West Brom.
The game was pretty much put to bed within 17 minutes, with both of Liverpool's potent and in-form strikers finding the back of the net.
Suarez opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with Jose Enrique cutting the ball back to the Uruguayan after initially receiving it from him. Suarez lost his balance after taking the first touch inside the box, but still had the wherewithal to sweep the ball home while lying on the ground.
The celebration after the goal said a lot as Suarez ran up to the home faithful, who would have been wondering throughout the summer if they would ever see their main man score in Liverpool colours at Anfield again.
Four minutes after the opener, Sturridge got in on the act, turning Damien Delaney inside out, before firing low into the bottom corner from a tight angle.
Raheem Sterling, playing the wing-back role with Jordan Henderson slotting in at centre midfield in the absence of the suspended Lucas Leiva, then won Liverpool a penalty on 38 minutes, with Gerrard making absolutely no mistake with the spot-kick.
With the match as good as done, the match died down a little as Palace with Gayle's goal scant consolation on a forgettable day for Palace.
Elsewhere, Newcastle picked up a vital 2-1 win over Cardiff in Wales. Loic Remy continued his brilliant form for the Magpies, scoring his fourth goal in as many games with a peach of a long-range strike.
Remy, then, not quite done, made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, latching onto a rebound off Papiss Cisse's initial shot.
Cardiff pulled one back through Peter Odemwingie just before the hour, but the newly-promoted side could not find that crucial second goal.
At Craven Cottage, Fulham snapped out of their poor recent run, with a narrow 1-0 win over Stoke City, with Darren Bent scoring the all-important winner seven minutes from time.
Results: Cardiff 1-2 Newcastle; Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace; Fulham 1-0 Stoke; Hull 0-0 Aston Villa; Manchester City 3-1 Everton.
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