Liverpool in pole after emphatic 3-goal victory
By Samuel Petrequin APLONDON -- Liverpool moved back to the top of the English Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win over Crystal Palace as Luis Suarez celebrated his return at Anfield with a goal on Saturday and Manchester City fought back to end Everton's unbeaten run.
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Playing in front of the Kop for the first time since his 10-match suspension, Suarez received a warm welcome as he entered the pitch and gratified the Reds fans with a solid performance and a classy goal, finding the net after 13 minutes, surrounded by defenders after losing his balance.
Liverpool moved one point clear of Arsenal, which has a match in hand and travels to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Defending champion Manchester United struggled at last-place Sunderland and came from behind to claim a scrappy 2-1 win as teenager Adnan Januzaj scored twice on his full debut.
The win, which lifted United to ninth place, will take some pressure off manager David Moyes after consecutive league defeats against City and West Brom.
Suarez's strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge again proved lethal, with the England striker doubling his team's lead four minutes later with a solo effort. The attacking duo have 12 goals between them in nine Premier League appearances.
“They were exceptional. Their combination play was outstanding and they are right up there with the best in this league,” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored from the spot in the 38th for his 99th Premier League goal before Dwight Gayle headed home a consolation goal.
After two consecutive defeats in all competitions against Aston Villa and Bayern Munich, City fans were expecting a reaction from their team, and the players did not let them down as they defeated Everton 3-1 in an entertaining game featuring plenty of chances.
In other matches, Cardiff lost 2-1 at home against Newcastle, Fulham beat Stoke 1-0 and Hull was held to a 0-0 draw by Aston Villa.