Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to just two points after thumping Fulham 4-0, while Chelsea grabbed a late 2-2 draw.
A Fernando Amorebieta own goal set Liverpool on their way at Anfield after Luis Suarez’s header hit him and flew him. Martin Skrtel’s bullet header on 26 minutes made it 2-0 and Suarez capped off a fine passing move to make it 3-0 with only 36 minutes on the clock.
Suarez (56) grabbed his second firing home at the near post after great work by Henderson to make it 4-0 as Liverpool cruised into second spot.
Samuel Eto’o fired Chelsea ahead against West Bromwich Albion just before the break after Eden Hazard’s shot had been parried, but Shane Long headed home to level the scores just after the hour mark.
Just minutes later things got even better for Albion as Stephane Sessegnon’s shot (68) slipped through Petr Cech’s grasp and over the line.
But with time running out the hosts were awarded a controversial penalty and Hazard (90) stepped up to preserve Jose Mourrinho’s unbeaten home Premier League record as Chelsea boss.
Southampton climbed above Chelsea into third spot with a ruthless display in the 4-1 win against Hull at St Mary’s.
Morgan Schneiderlin (16) put Saints ahead before a Ricky Lambert penalty made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark. Then a brilliant Adam Lallana strike made it 3-0 before Yannick Sagbo reduced the arrears midway through the second half.
Steven Davis had the last word though as he made it 4-1 to the hosts on 88 minutes.
Leandro Bacuna (76) scored a fine free-kick as Aston Villa ended their goal drought against Cardiff with Libor Kozak (84) making the game safe for the hosts at Villa Park as they climbed into the top half of the table.
Crystal Palace’s home clash with Everton was delayed 15 minutes, but neither side could break the deadlock and the game ended 0-0.