Reds on top; Everton beat Fulham

  • Last Updated: March 30 2014, 18:54 BST

A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League as Liverpool returned to the top of the table.

Luis Suarez scored his 29th goal of the Premier League season
Luis Suarez scored his 29th goal of the Premier League season

Liverpool made their move in the title race as they returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time since Christmas with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Tottenham.

Position Player Score
1 Liverpool 71
2 Chelsea 69
3 Man City 67
4 Arsenal 64
5 Everton 60
6 Tottenham 56
7 Man Utd 54
8 Southampton 48
9 Newcastle 46
10 Stoke City 40
11 West Ham 34
12 A Villa 34
13 Swansea 33
14 Hull City 33
15 Norwich 32
16 C Palace 31
17 West Brom 29
18 Cardiff 26
19 Sunderland 25
20 Fulham 24

The last four teams who occupied that position on December 25 went on to win the title but, after back-to-back defeats immediately dropped them to fifth by the turn of the year, questions were asked about the Reds' credentials.

In fact, since losing to Chelsea on December 29, Liverpool are unbeaten and have taken 35 out of a possible 39 points, which has elevated them to top spot with six games to go and answered their critics in stunning style.

Liverpool's shirts said 'Seeing is Believing', promoting sponsors Standard Chartered's global charitable initiative, and the prospect of a first title for 24 years is now closer than a speck on the horizon it has been for a couple of decades.

Anfield, where the Reds have dropped just five points all season, certainly believes, and Chelsea and Manchester City will not relish going there in the next month.

Tottenham, despite being sixth and supposedly still fighting for the top four, hardly posed a challenge. Liverpool have now scored nine unanswered goals against them this season - beating their previous best in a single campaign from 1914-15.

Everton continued to snap at the heels of the top four after plundering three second-half goals at Craven Cottage that nudged Fulham closer to relegation.

Having seen Fulham dominate the first 45 minutes, the Champions League-chasing Toffees responded with strikes from substitutes Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith and an own goal by David Stockdale.

It was Stockdale's unfortunate 50th-minute error that enabled Roberto Martinez's men to open the scoring, and although Fulham rallied with an outstanding strike from Ashkan Dejagah, they were quickly overwhelmed.

Only four points separate Everton from fourth-placed Arsenal - the rivals meet at Goodison next Sunday - with the Toffees also benefiting from having a game in hand.

The result leaves Fulham rooted to the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety and with just six games to secure a 14th successive season in the top flight.

That prospect appears bleak, even though Norwich, Hull and Crystal Palace are due to visit Craven Cottage over the coming weeks.

  • Fans walk outside the ground prior to Fulham v Everton
  • Leon Osman and Steve Sidwell battle for midfield supremacy
  • Manager Roberto Martinez is in the thick of things on the touchline
  • 17-year-old Moussa Dembele of Fulham takes control
  • David Stockdale makes a mess of saving a shot from Steven Naismith
  • Naismith celebrates after his shot ends up in the net via a deflection or two
  • Ashkan Dejagah celebrates after bringing Fulham level with a screamer
  • Kevin Mirallas came off the bench to restore the away side's lead
  • Naismith wraps up the win for the Toffees with a late goal
  • Younes Kaboul of Tottenham looks dejected after turning into his own net
  • Glen Johnson is congratulated by Raheem Sterling after creating the early opener
  • Luis Suarez takes advantage of a Dawson blunder to make it 2-0
  • Suarez celebrates after claiming his 29th goal of the season
  • Brendan Rodgers watches on as his side dominate at Anfield
  • Philippe Coutinho tries his luck from long range...
  • And celebrates after finding the bottom corner of the Spurs net
  • Glen Johnson congratulates the scorer of Liverpool's fourth goal, Jordan Henderson
  • Henderson and Jon Flanagan enjoy the Anfield victory
  • Brendan Rodgers congratulates Steven Gerrard after the final whistle
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