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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP TUESDAY: Liverpool bring Tottenham back to earth, Arsenal edge plucky Leicester and QPR win on the road

Liverpool and Arsenal were both victorious as the Barclays Premier League staged four fixtures on Tuesday night.

The Reds put aside their 0-0 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby on the weekend to beat Tottenham 3-2 in a dramatic contest which saw them hit the front on three separate occasions.

Lazar Markovic opened the scoring on 15 minutes when pouncing on a loose ball and firing beyond Hugo Lloris before Harry Kane responded in the 26th minute with his 13th league goal of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers' side again went ahead, this time in the 53rd minute, when Steven Gerrard converted from the penalty spot after Daniel Sturridge had been fouled in the area by Danny Rose.

That invited Mousa Dembele to turn in Kane's 61st-minute cross to equalise for Spurs and setting up a big finish in the process.

And for Liverpool fans, it couldn't have ended any better, with Mario Balotelli slotting home fellow second-half sub Adam Lallana's low cross in the 83rd minute to give the home side maximum points.

The win kept Rodgers' men in seventh spot on the table while extending their unbeaten streak to nine league matches as Spurs came crashing back down to earth after their 2-1 come-from-behind north London derby triumph over Arsenal on Saturday.

The Gunners managed to bounce back from that disappointing defeat by edging bottom side Leicester City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

First-half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott had Arsene Wenger's team leading comfortably before January signing Andrej Kramaric opened his account for the Foxes in the 61st minute to send a scare through the home camp.

However, Arsenal were able to get the job done with solid defensive efforts in the dying stages and move up to fourth position on the table where they sit behind Southampton only on goal difference.

Caretaker manager Chris Ramsey masterminded QPR's very first away win of the season, ending a run of 11 losses on the road, with a 2-0 result at Sunderland.

Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora both struck in the first half to give the R's the ascendency which they held on to at the Stadium of Light to move out of the drop zone while inflicting a fourth defeat in six outings for the Black Cats.

And Hull City also managed to climb out of the bottom three by recording a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Aston Villa at the KC Stadium.

Nikica Jelavic gave the Tigers a 22nd-minute lead before Dame N'Doye, who only joined the club on deadline day, marked his first Premier League start with a 74th-minute goal after providing the assist for the opener.

Wednesday night sees league leaders Chelsea hosting Everton while reigning champions Manchester City will head to Stoke City.

Manchester United will be looking to move back into the top four when they meet Burnley at home, Southampton will be eager to retain third spot in their clash with West Ham United on the south coast as West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City get set for battle at The Hawthorns.

2014/15 Barclays Premier League - season scores

Arsenal: 2 (Laurent Koscielny 27', Theo Walcott 41') Leicester City: 1 (Andrej Kramaric 61') Emirates Stadium, London - 60,032

Hull City: 2 (Nikica Jelavic 22', Dame N'Doye 74') Aston Villa: 0 KC Stadium, Kingston-upon-Hull - 21,467

Sunderland: 0 QPR: 2 (Leroy Fer 17', Bobby Zamora 45+1') Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 39,077

Liverpool: 3 (Lazar Markovic 15', Steven Gerrard (p) 53', Mario Balotelli 83') Tottenham: 2 (Harry Kane 26', Mousa Dembele 61') Anfield, Liverpool - 44,577

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