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Luis Suarez takes Liverpool top

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Suarez celebrates as Henderson's free kick goes straight in (©GettyImages)
Suarez celebrates as Henderson's free kick goes straight in (©GettyImages).

Following Chelsea's loss to Crystal Palace and Manchester City's draw with Arsenal this past weekend, Liverpool went top of the Premier League table with a convincing 4-0 win against Tottenham. 

Brendan Rodgers' side took an early lead when Spurs defender Youness Kaboul fumbled the ball into his own goal in the first 90 seconds. This was followed up by Luis Suarez's 25th minute strike, as he slotted the ball past Hugo Loris's far post from a difficult angle. This was Suarez's 29th goal, surpassing Robbie Fowler's 28 goals in a single season. He is now well on his way to the Liverpool record of 30 goals in a single season set by Ian Rush.

Suarez almost made it 3-0 just before half time when his header was tipped onto the bar by Hugo Loris, after an in-form Raheem Sterling picked him out.

The two main chances Tottenham had were excellently blocked by the two Liverpool centre-backs, who have been under scrutiny this season. However after showing no weaknesses, throwing them selves in front of Spurs' shots, they could be turning a corner.

The third goal came when the young Jon Flanagan slipped the ball to Philipe Coutinho, who has been excellent again this season. Coutinho showed his Brazilian flair, weaving in and out before drilling the ball through two defenders and into the corner of the goal, giving the keeper no chance.

The fourth and final goal of the 4-0 hammering came from a Jordan Henderson free-kick after skipper Steven Gerrard had been taken off to avoid a 10th yellow card of the season.

He put in a pacey cross to the middle of the goal and Suarez did enough to put off Hugo Loris, as the ball bounced straight into the goal.  

Liverpool are now top by two points, but with Manchester City four points behind holding two games in hand; Liverpool control their own destiny. If they win all their games (with both Chelsea and Manchester City yet to visit Anfield), the Reds will win the title. 

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