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Reds go top in EPL

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Monday, December 23, 2013

LONDON - Liverpool took over at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday (Sunday Fiji time), while Manchester City climbed to second place and Manchester United continued their recent revival.

With previous leaders Arsenal and Chelsea facing off at the Emirates Stadium on Monday (Tuesday Fiji time), Liverpool took advantage with a 3-1 win over Cardiff City that took them a point above Arsene Wenger's side.

Manchester City followed their lead by winning 4-2 at Fulham to move above Arsenal on goal difference.

United, meanwhile, beat West Ham United 3-1 at Old Trafford to record a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions after the shock of successive home defeats by Everton and Newcastle United.

At Anfield, Luis Suarez celebrated his new Liverpool contract by scoring twice against Cardiff to take his tally of league goals to 19 for the season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Suarez, telling BT Sport: "For me he's got this in-built brain for football. His view of the game is different to others and he has an anticipation of where the ball is going to drop."

Manchester City let a 2-0 lead slip at Fulham, but late goals from Jesus Navas and James Milner saw them record a fifth win in their past six league games.

"Before they scored for 2-1, we had three or four chances to score and when you miss so many chances, the other team often scores," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

United moved to within five points of the Champions League places with a breezy win at home to West Ham.

Newcastle United climbed to sixth place by winning 3-0 at third-bottom Crystal Palace through a goal from Yohan Cabaye, a Danny Gabbidon own goal and a late Hatem Ben Arfa penalty.

Matej Vydra came off the bench to earn West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw at home to Hull City.