Suarez fires Liverpool as Arsenal, Chelsea, City win

Wed Dec 4, 2013 6:32pm EST
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool's Luis Suarez showed his devastating ability to act as a one-man wrecking ball with four goals in a 5-1 demolition of Norwich City as Arsenal's forgotten man Nicklas Bendtner jogged a few memories in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Suarez delivered a dazzling collection of goal-of-the-season contenders at Anfield and Bendtner scored two minutes into his first start in more than two years to help the Premier League leaders beat Hull City 2-0.

Second-placed Chelsea and Manchester City in third came through tight tussles to beat Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion, but champions Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to Everton to slip 12 points behind the leaders.

While the pressure on United manager David Moyes increased, Tottenham Hotspur eased the stress on boss Andre Villas-Boas by coming from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 in their manager Rene Meulensteen's first game in charge.

Arsenal, with 34 points, stayed four points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table, with Manchester City two adrift in third and Liverpool a point further back in fourth, ahead of Everton on goal difference.

Tottenham moved up to sixth on 24 and Manchester United dropped to ninth.

Suarez must wish he could play Norwich every week, a team against whom he has now scored 11 goals in his last four Premier League games.

He grabbed a first-half hat-trick including two genuine contenders for goal of the season.   Continued...

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring a goal against Norwich during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble