Red-hot Sturridge keeps Liverpool title bid alive

Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:56pm EST
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By Josh Reich

LONDON (Reuters) - England striker Daniel Sturridge scored for the eighth consecutive Premier League match to keep Liverpool right in the thick of the title race with a thrilling 4-3 home win over Swansea City on Sunday.

Fourth-placed Liverpool are four points behind leaders Chelsea and six points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who are fifth after suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat at struggling Norwich City.

Robert Snodgrass eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton with a second-half goal, hurting Tottenham's bid to qualify for next season's Champions League in the process.

In the day's other game, Newcastle United ended a three-match losing streak when Loic Remy's stoppage-time effort sealed a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa.

Sturridge, who matched former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy's feat of scoring in eight straight Premier League matches, netted in the third minute at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson quickly made it 2-0 before Liverpool old boy Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony drew Swansea level by the 27th minute.

Sturridge was on target again before the break, only for Bony to equalize once more from the penalty spot.

Henderson clinched the points for Liverpool 16 minutes from time, giving his side 56 points with 11 matches to go.   Continued...

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (L) scores past Swansea's Michel Vorm during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples