Saturday 26 October 2013
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion, while Manchester United came from behind to clinch a five-goal thriller against Stoke City.
Liverpool had lost their last two home matches against West Brom but that run was ended with the help of a superb individual performance by Suarez, who dribbled past three players to give his side the lead before producing two wonderful headers to complete his hat-trick. James Morrison briefly reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but Brendan Rodgers's charges made it 4-1 thanks to Daniel Sturridge's sublime angled lob 13 minutes from time.
The victory lifts the Reds, for whom Suarez also hit the bar with an overhead kick, to second place, two points behind next Saturday's opponents Arsenal, who overcame Crystal Palace 2-0 earlier in the day through a penalty from Mikel Arteta, who was later dismissed, and Olivier Giroud's header.
Southampton are up to third place after completing a routine 2-0 victory over Fulham in the evening fixture. Rickie Lambert marked his return to the starting lineup with the opening goal before his provider, Jay Rodriguez, turned goalscorer in the second half.
Everton are just behind Saints on goal difference after beating Aston Villa, who had a Christian Benteke penalty saved by Tim Howard in the first half, by the the same scoreline. Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman ensured Roberto Martinez's side continued their strong start to the season.
Man United twice went behind before eventually overcoming Stoke City at Old Trafford. The Potters gave a good account of themselves and deservedly took the lead through Peter Crouch, whose goal was cancelled out by Robin van Persie, and then Marko Arnautovic who sent a wonderful free-kick past David De Gea. However, after Arnautovic went off injured, the hosts found their feet with Wayne Rooney levelling the match on 78 minutes and Javier Hernandez pouncing to seal the victory two minutes later.
Elsewhere, Norwich City were held to a goalless draw by Cardiff City.
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