LONDON: Luis Suarez scored on his first Anfield appearance since his ban as Liverpool went top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace.
Suarez scored the Reds’ first in the 14th minute from Jose Enrique’s pass and Daniel Sturridge doubled the advantage with a fierce strike three minutes later.
Seven minutes before the interval Steven Gerrard converted a penalty, given for a Dean Moxey foul on Raheem Sterling.
Substitute Dwight Gayle headed a consolation goal for struggling Palace in the 77th minute.
Third-placed Manchester City ended their difficult week on a high as they came from behind to beat Everton 3-1.
City went into the contest off the back of last weekend’s 3-2 top-flight defeat at Aston Villa and Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League home loss to Bayern Munich. Worse, they were a goal down in the 16th minute to Romelu Lukaku.
A minute later Alvaro Negredo equalised and Sergio Aguero put the hosts 2-1 up just on half-time before the unlucky Tim Howard diverted in City’s third in the 69th minute.
The Everton goalkeeper tipped Aguero’s penalty – awarded for Seamus Coleman’s challenge on Pablo Zabaleta – onto a post but the ball hit Howard’s head on the rebound and went in.
In the late kick-off, teenager Adnan Januzaj blasted Manchester United to a much-needed 2-1 victory at Sunderland with a superb double on his first start for the club.
The 18-year-old Belgian winger, who had earlier been booked for diving, pulled misfiring United back into the game with a 55th-minute equaliser and then volleyed superbly past keeper Keiren Westwood to win the game six minutes later.
On an afternoon when United were far from their best, they were all but taken apart by the bottom-of-the-table Black Cats before the break with Craig Gardner’s fifth-minute opener setting the stage for a concerted assault by the home side.
But David Moyes’ men, who were facing a third successive Premier League defeat for the first time since December 2001, responded in the second half and eventually earned their reward.
Fulham moved out of the relegation zone after recording their first win in six league games – and only their second of the season – with a 1-0 home triumph against Stoke.
The three points were sealed by Darren Bent’s left-footed strike with seven minutes of normal time to go.
Newcastle recovered from two successive leagues defeats to win 2-1 at Cardiff. Loic Remy scored both Newcastle goals to take his tally to five in his last three matches.
Remy drilled in his first on the half-hour mark having burst forward and then converted on the follow-up in the 38th minute when David Marshall parried Papiss Cisse’s shot.
The home side pulled a goal back 13 minutes after the break through Peter Odemwingie, but Newcastle were able to hold on.
In the day’s other 3pm kick-off, Hull and Aston Villa played out a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium.