The Reds defeated Norwich City 3-2 at Carrow Road on Sunday to move five points clear of second-placed Chelsea, staying six points ahead of Manchester City, with just three fixtures remaining (four for City).
Young gun Raheem Sterling produced a stunning opener from 25 yards inside four minutes before placing a perfect ball through for Luis Suarez to notch up his 30th league goal of the campaign in the 11th minute.
Gary Hooper pulled one back for the Canaries when he slotted into an empty net after Simon Mignolet was unable to clear a long cross from the right flank but Sterling grabbed his second of the afternoon when he advanced into the area before seeing his effort bobble off Bradley Johnson and in over John Ruddy. Robert Snodgrass sent a scare through the Reds camp when he headed home in the 77th minute but the visitors managed to hold out for maximum points which further enhances their title pursuit.
Chelsea suffered a blow at the hands of bottom-placed Sunderland when losing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge despite scoring a 12th-minute opener courtesy of Samuel Eto’o but Connor Wickham replied for the Black Cats from close range six minutes later.
Early goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero preceded Graham Dorrans’ 16th-minute response but Martin Demichelis wrapped it up for the home side ten minutes before the break.
Elsewhere, Arsenal retained fourth spot thanks to a comfortable 3-0 victory over fellow FA Cup finalists Hull City thanks to a Lukas Podolski double, Everton stayed a point behind the Gunners in fifth by downing Manchester United 2-0 at Goodison Park to complete a winning double over the Red Devils as Tottenham scored twice in the second half to secure a 3-1 win over London rivals Fulham who remain in the relegation zone.
A Wilfried Bony brace, including an injury-time penalty, saw Swansea City inflict a fifth-straight defeat on Newcastle United with a 2-1 result at St James’ Park, Crystal Palace edged West Ham United 1-0, Cardiff City and Stoke City drew 1-1 and Aston Villa and Southampton played out a 0-0 draw.
2013/14 Barclays Premier League – season scores
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