LONDON - Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday after a 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace, while Manchester City climbed to third by beating Everton.
Luis Suarez was making his first Anfield appearance since completing a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season and with new-born son Benjamin in attendance, he broke the deadlock in the 14th minute.
The goal showcased the Uruguayan's flair for improvisation, as he hooked the ball into the net from a prone position after slipping as he shaped to shoot.
Top scorer Daniel Sturridge added a second three minutes later, turning Damien Delaney inside out before lashing home his fifth league goal of the season.
Captain Steven Gerrard made it 3-0 with a 38th-minute penalty, taking his tally of Premier League goals to 99, before substitute Dwight Gayle replied for the visitors with a late glancing header.
Victory took Brendan Rodgers's side a point clear of Arsenal, who can reclaim top spot if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Earlier, City bounced back from defeats by Aston Villa and Bayern Munich to end Everton's unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Loic Remy scored twice in the space of eight first-half minutes as Newcastle United claimed a first win in three games with a 2-1 victory at Cardiff City, who replied through Peter Odemwingie.
Fulham climbed out of the relegation zone after a neat 83rd-minute strike from Darren Bent secured a 1-0 win at home to Stoke City, while Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw at Hull City.
Belgian Teenager Adnan Januzaj scored twice as Manchester United came from behind to win 2-1 at Sunderland and revive their flagging Premier League title defence.