Soccer: Suarez steers Liverpool to the top of Premier table

By Tom Williams

Luis Suarez took his tally of league goals to 19 after scoring twice against Cardiff City at the weekend. Photo / AP
Luis Suarez took his tally of league goals to 19 after scoring twice against Cardiff City at the weekend. Photo / AP

Liverpool took over at the top of the Premier League table yesterday, while Manchester City climbed to second place and Manchester United continued their recent revival.

With previous leaders Arsenal and Chelsea facing off at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, Liverpool took advantage with a 3-1 win over Cardiff City that took them a point above Arsene Wenger's side.

Manchester City followed their lead by winning 4-2 at Fulham to move above Arsenal on goal difference.

United, meanwhile, beat West Ham United 3-1 at Old Trafford to record a fourth consecutive victory.

At Anfield, Luis Suarez celebrated his new Liverpool contract by scoring twice against Cardiff to take his tally of league goals to 19.

Suarez opened his account in the 25th minute when he met Jordan Henderson's left-wing centre with a controlled volley that found the bottom-left corner.

The Uruguayan teed up Raheem Sterling to tap home the second goal in the 42nd minute and three minutes later he made it 3-0.

Jordon Mutch replied for Cardiff with a 58th-minute header from a Peter Whittingham free-kick.

Manchester City let a 2-0 lead slip at Fulham, but late goals from Jesus Navas and James Milner saw them record a fifth win in their last six league games.

Yaya Toure put City ahead in the 23rd minute before Vincent Kompany stabbed home the second shortly before half-time.

Kieran Richardson reduced the arrears early in the second period, though, and Kompany inadvertently gifted Fulham an equaliser in the 70th minute when he somehow conspired to slice Sascha Riether's cross over recalled goalkeeper Joe Hart for an own goal.

However, David Silva freed fellow Spaniard Navas to restore City's advantage eight minutes later and Milner added a fourth from a magnificent Alvardo Negredo cross in the 83rd minute.

United moved to within five points of the Champions League places with a breezy win at home to West Ham.

Newcastle United climbed to sixth place by winning 3-0 at third-bottom Crystal Palace.

Matej Vydra came off the bench to earn West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw at home to Hull City.

Goals from Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch gave Stoke City a 2-1 win at home to Aston Villa while bottom club Sunderland spurned a chance to close on the teams above them in a 0-0 draw at home to Norwich City.

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