Liverpool Routs Norwich in Premier League; Man. City Wins

Liverpool routed Norwich 5-0 in English soccer’s Premier League, while Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0 to close in on first-place Manchester United.

Luis Suarez got his 16th league goal as Liverpool scored five against Norwich for the second time this season. David Silva netted both goals as Manchester City moved within four points of its cross-town league leader.

Reading came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle, Swansea beat Stoke 3-1, Sunderland defeated Wigan 3-2, West Ham drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion tied 2-2 with Aston Villa.

Liverpool followed up a 5-2 win at Norwich in September. It was the Reds’ third win in four matches, while the Canaries extended their winless league run to six games.

Liverpool took a 2-0 lead into halftime on goals from Jordan Henderson and Suarez, who scored hat-tricks in his previous two games against Norwich.

Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard scored seven minutes apart in the second half to make it 4-0 and an own goal from Ryan Bennett closed the scoring in the 74th minute.

Silva scored once in each half at the Etihad Stadium to give Manchester City its fourth straight win. The Spaniard gave the defending champion the lead after just 90 seconds by firing in the rebound after Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer could only knock Edin Dzeko’s shot away.

Silva clinched the win in the 69th minute by chipping a shot over Schwarzer and just missed a third moments later when he shot wide after getting behind the defense.

City has 51 points to keep the pressure on Manchester United, which plays at Tottenham tomorrow.

Reading Rebound

Adam Le Fondre came off the bench to score twice in the second half as Reading won at Newcastle. Yohan Cabaye scored in the first half for Newcastle before Le Fondre struck in the 71st and 77th minutes. It was Reading’s second straight comeback win after scoring three times in the final eight minutes last weekend to beat West Brom 3-2.

Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland won at Wigan, while two goals from Jonathan de Guzman helped Swansea defeat Stoke. Joe Cole’s 68th-minute goal earned West Ham the home draw with last-place QPR. Loic Remy scored for QPR in his first game after joining the London club from Marseille three days ago.

Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie scored after halftime to give West Brom the home draw. Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor in the first half scored for Villa, which is one point ahead of the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings.

Chelsea hosts Arsenal in tomorrow’s other game and Everton visits Southampton in two days.

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