Liverpool thrash Spurs; United win

  • Last Updated: December 15 2013, 18:13 GMT

A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of Tottenham and a victory for Manchester United at Aston Villa.

  • Luis Suarez scored twice in Liverpool's 5-0 win at Spurs
  • Welbeck scored two goals in Man United's 3-0 victory 
  • Gary Hooper rescued a point for Norwich with this strike 

Liverpool surged back up to second in the Premier League table after producing a pulsating performance to thrash Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Position Player Score
1 Arsenal 35
2 Liverpool 33
3 Chelsea 33
4 Man City 32
5 Everton 31
6 Newcastle 27
7 Tottenham 27
8 Man Utd 25
9 Southampton 24
10 Swansea 20
11 A Villa 19
12 Hull City 19
13 Stoke City 18
14 Norwich 18
15 Cardiff 17
16 West Brom 15
17 West Ham 14
18 C Palace 13
19 Fulham 13
20 Sunderland 9

Brendan Rodgers' side made light of the absence of injured captain Steven Gerrard as the irrepressible Luis Suarez scored a goal in each half and the impressive Jordan Henderson also weighed in with a goal.

The Reds had already had a couple of shouts for a penalty when Suarez gave his team the lead on 18 minutes with his 16th league goal of the season.

Philippe Coutinho hit the bar in between Hugo Lloris twice denying Suarez as Liverpool were rampant and the second goal arrived five minutes before half-time when Henderson scored at the second attempt.

Spurs midfielder Paulinho was sent off on 63 minutes for catching Suarez in the ribs and Liverpool capped a humiliating afternoon for their hosts with three goals in the last 15 minutes.

Jon Flanagan smashed home his first for the club, Suarez added his second of the game before Raheem Sterling confidently finished with a minute to go.

The emphatic victory puts Liverpool within two points of leaders Arsenal and raises more question marks over the future of Andre Villas-Boas just three weeks after a 6-0 thumping at Manchester City after the boos rang out on the final whistle.

Earlier in the day, Manchester United ended their winless run in the Premier League as Danny Welbeck's first-half double and Tom Cleverley's strike eased them to a 3-0 victory at Aston Villa.

Team Score Team
Tottenham 0 - 5 Liverpool
A Villa 0 - 3 Man Utd
Norwich 1 - 1 Swansea

David Moyes' side went into the game facing the prospect of a hat-trick of defeats for only the third time in the entire Premier League era.

But once Welbeck rattled in the rebound after Adnan Januzaj had headed against a post, there was never much chance of it happening en-route to a welcome three points.

Welbeck, who had not scored in the league since the opening day of the season, added another from Antonio Valencia's cross.

Then Cleverley, who like Welbeck has been singled out for criticism by many supporters for his part in United's struggles this term, belted home his first goal in a year from Wayne Rooney's lay-off.

  • Villa Park stages one of Sunday's big Premier League clashes
  • Fans start to arrive at Villa Park ahead of their side's clash with Manchester United
  • A hardcore Canaries fan awaits the visit of Swansea at Carrow Road
  • Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand in the pre-match warm-up
  • Ryan Giggs shields the ball from Karim El Ahmadi
  • Nathan Dyer opens the scoring for Swansea at Norwich
  • Danny Welbeck is congratulated after opening the scoring for United
  • Before doubling his tally with this strike
  • Swansea goalscorer Nathan Dyer is later stretchered off injured
  • Gary Hooper fires home for Norwich City
  • Before celebrating with his team-mates
  • Tom Cleverley extends United's lead at Villa Park shortly after half-time
  • David Moyes waves to the travelling fans after a much-needed 3-0 victory
  • In the late game, Tottenham host Liverpool at White Hart Lane
  • Luis Suarez, who else, gives the visitors a well-deserved lead
  • Andre Villas-Boas will no doubt be concerned by his side's performance
  • Jordan Henderson then doubles Liverpool's advantage before the break
  • The midfielder celebrates with his manager Brendan Rodgers
  • Jon Flanagan nets his first Liverpool goal to put the Reds 3-0 up
  • Before Luis Suarez scores his second of the game to make it 4-0
  • Raheem Sterling completes the rout with a fifth in stoppage time as Liverpool climb up to second in the table
All the best pictures from Sunday's three Premier League fixtures, starting with Aston Villa's clash with Manchester Unied.

Gary Hooper scored a superb 25-yard effort to earn Norwich a 1-1 draw against Swansea at Carrow Road, where Nathan Dyer looked to have suffered a serious ankle injury after earlier putting the visitors in front.

Former Celtic striker Hooper, who scored in the win at West Brom last weekend, lashed home after collecting a knockdown on his chest in first-half stoppage time.

Dyer had capitalised on some poor defending from Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong to put the Welsh side ahead early on.

However, the midfielder was taken from the pitch on a stretcher before half-time after falling on his ankle in a challenge with the Canaries defender, with the club reporting a suspected fracture which could sideline him for some time.

Norwich saw a second-half header from Michael Turner hit the crossbar and then deflect over, before Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm saved well at point-blank range from Hooper, but neither side could fashion a winning goal.

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