PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Liverpool and Suarez continue on, Man Utd beaten again as Stoke upset Chelsea

Liverpool have moved back to second spot on the Premier League table courtesy of a 4-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool have moved back to second spot on the Premier League table courtesy of a 4-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds backed up well from their 5-1 hammering of Norwich City on Wednesday by cruising past the Hammers to progress to 30 points from 15 league outings so far this season.

Canaries destroyer Luis Suarez, who netted four goals and provided an assist midweek, was at it again when firing on target in the 42nd minute to see Jussi Jaaskelainen’s save trickle in off the feet of defender Guy Demel.

Early in the second half, the Reds went two up when Steven Gerrard’s assist was fortuitously bundled in by Mamadou Sakho before Martin Skrtel gave the visitors some hope when he knocked Matt Jarvis’ back post header into his own net.

Suarez then restored the two-goal advantage when nodding home Glen Johnson’s pinpoint rightwing cross for his 14th of the season in the 81st minute prior to Joey O’Brien scoring the third own-goal of the game when Suarez’s well-struck effort from outside the area deflected off his back and in past Jaaskelainen.

Manchester United were beaten for the second match in a row when losing 1-0 to Newcastle United at Old Trafford following Yohan Cabaye’s 61st minute finish from Moussa Sissoko’s cross.

It was the fourth league fixture without a win for the reigning champions, the loss having them sitting ninth on the table, while the Magpies moved up to seventh after securing their fifth win from six outings.

Stoke City caused the upset of the weekend by beating Chelsea 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium after conceding early.

Andre Schurrle produced a piece of individual brilliance when zigging and zagging before firing across Asmir Begovic from the edge of the area before the Potters levelled through Peter Crouch netted from close range after controlling Marko Arnauvoic’s corner in the 42nd minute.

Stephen Ireland then put Stoke ahead with a fine finish less than ten minutes into the second half before Schurrle responded for the Blues with his second minutes later courtesy of a stunning half-volley.

However, Mark Hughes’ men again got the ascendency on Jose Mourinho’s charges when Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi scored a brilliant 90th minute winner which gave Petr Cech no chance.

The win saw Stoke moved up to 12th while Chelsea dropped down to third with their third loss of the campaign.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace made it two wins in a row and three in their past four when beating Cardiff City 2-0 thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh, some Dani Osvaldo brilliance cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener as Southampton drew 1-1 with Manchester City while Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer scored as Norwich Ctiy got the better of West Bromwich Albion with a 2-0 result at The Hawthorns.

Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light to move to sixth, first-half goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov gave Fulham their first win under Rene Meulensteen as they beat Aston Villa 2-0 and Everton held league leaders Arsenal to a 1-1 draw with Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu producing a superb 84th minute equaliser after Mesut Ozil’s 80th minute opener.

Monday night sees 11th-placed Swansea City host 13th-placed Hull City at the Liberty Stadum.

2013/14 Barclays Premier season scores

Manchester United: 0
Newcastle United: 1 (Yohan Cabaye 61’)
Old Trafford, Manchester – 75,233

Crystal Palace: 2 (Cameron Jerome 6’, Marouane Chamakh 58’)
Cardiff City: 0
Selhurst Park, London – 23,705

Liverpool: 4 (Guy Demel (og) 42’, Mamadou Sakoh 47’, Luis Suarez 81’, Joey O’Brien (og) 84’)
West Ham United: 1 (Martin Skrtel (og) 66’)
Anfield, Liverpool – 44,781

Southampton: 1 (Dani Osvaldo 42’)
Manchester City: 1 (Sergio Aguero 10’)
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton – 31,229

Stoke City: 3 (Peter Crouch 42’, Stephen Ireland 50’, Oussama Assaidi 90’)
Chelsea: 2 (Andre Schurrle 9’/53’)
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent – 25,154

West Bromwich Albion: 0
Norwich City: 2 (Gary Hooper 13’, Leroy Fer 89’)
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich – 23,675

Sunderland: 1 (Adam Johnson 37’)
Tottenham: 2 (Paulinho 43’, John O’Shea (og) 50’)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland – 37,963

Fulham: 2 (Steve Sidwell 21’, Dimitar Berbatov (p) 30’)
Aston Villa: 0
Craven Cottage, London – 22,288

Arsenal: 1 (Mesut Ozil 80’)
Everton: 1 (Gerard Deulofeu 84’)
Emirates Stadium, London – 60,001

 
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