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Suarez sends L'pool top

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (R) scores one of his two goals against Cardiff City during their Premier League encounter at Anfield yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (R) scores one of his two goals against Cardiff City during their Premier League encounter at Anfield yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool took over at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday, 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 on Monday, 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 after the shock of successive home defeats by Everton and Newcastle United.
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, curling a glorious shot into the bottom-right corner from Henderson's back-heel.
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 with the latest fine free-kick from his growing collection, 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.
Wayne Rooney returned to the United line-up after missing the mid-week win at Stoke City in the League Cup with an unspecified injury and he teed up Danny Welbeck to give the hosts a 26th-minute lead.
Adnan Januzaj extended United's advantage 10 minutes later with his first goal at Old Trafford, skilfully skirting James Collins before bending home right-footed.

RESULTS 
Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle 3 (Cabaye 25, Gabbidon 39-og, Ben Arfa 86-pen)
Fulham 2 (Richardson 50, Kompany 70-og) Manchester City 4 (Toure 23, Kompany 43, Navas 78, Milner 83)
Liverpool 3 (Suarez 25, 45, Sterling 42) Cardiff 1 (Mutch 58)
Manchester United 3 (Welbeck 26, Januzaj 36, Young 72) West Ham 1 (Cole 81)
Stoke 2 (Adam 50, Crouch 70) Aston Villa 1 (Kozak 66)
Sunderland 0 Norwich 0
West Brom 1 (Vydra 86) Hull 1 (Livermore 28)

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