Sunday 15 December 2013
Liverpool moved back into second in the Barclays Premier League, two points behind Arsenal, with a 5-0 victory over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur.
Stand-in captain Luis Suarez scored twice in a dominant display by Liverpool. The Reds striker has 17 goals from 11 league outings this season and he opened the scoring after excellent work from Jordan Henderson, who doubled the lead just before the break.
Spurs struggled in attack and their hopes of a fightback were hit by Paulinho's 63rd-minute dismissal for a high tackle on Suarez. The visitors made the most of their advantage, adding further goals from Jon Flanagan, Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
Liverpool's 10th win of the season lifts them above Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City in the table, while Spurs remain seventh, eight points off top spot.
Danny Welbeck scored twice as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-0 to return to winning ways. Back-to-back defeats against Everton and Newcastle United had left David Moyes' men ninth in the table, but they got back on track at Villa Park by securing their first win in five top-flight games. Welbeck had not scored for over two months and was without a league goal since August, yet the England striker struck twice in the space of three first-half minutes.
Tom Cleverley then scored his first Premier League goal for exactly a year early in the second half to end any hopes of a Villa comeback and Darren Fletcher made his first appearance since Boxing Day after recovering from a bowel problem on a morale-boosting afternoon for United.
Gary Hooper's superb long-range effort secured Norwich City a 1-1 draw against Swansea City at Carrow Road. The former Celtic striker showed neat interplay with Johan Elmander before unleashing a stunning volley that left Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm with no chance, and extended Norwich's unbeaten home run in the league to four matches.
Swansea made a bright start and took the lead after 12 minutes when Nathan Dyer latched onto a long ball and calmly lifted his effort over John Ruddy. The winger was withdrawn in the first half with a suspected fractured ankle.
Norwich finished the half brightly before levelling proceedings in first-half injury time through Hooper's magnificent effort. The hosts looked the more likely to find a winner in the second half, with centre-half Michael Turner coming closest when his header rebounded off the crossbar. But neither side could fine the breakthrough as the shares were spoiled, with the point moving Norwich to 14th, while Swansea remained in 10th.
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Spurs: Lloris; Walker, Capoue, Dawson, Naughton; Paulinho, Sandro; Lennon, Dembele, Chadli; Soldado.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Johnson, Allen, Lucas, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez.