Liverpool make a firm statement with 4-0 win

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Liverpool make a firm statement with 4-0 win

Liverpool outclassed Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday to surge to the top of the Premier League table and raise hopes of a first English title for 24 years.

An eighth successive victory for Brendan Rodgers' team lifted them two points clear of Chelsea with a much better goal difference and four ahead of Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

Liverpool will be champions if they win their six remaining games as City and Chelsea, who both dropped points on Saturday, still have to visit Anfield.

Liverpool's neighbours Everton won 3-1 at bottom club Fulham, taking them further ahead of sixth-placed Tottenham and keeping the pressure on Arsenal for the fourth Champions League place.

Liverpool have not won the English title since 1990, two years before the Premier League began. Having won 5-0 at Spurs in December, which led to the sacking of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, they dominated from the start.

It took only two minutes for the first of many defensive errors by the visitors, when Glen Johnson was allowed to cross from the right and force an own goal by Younes Kaboul.

Luis Suarez doubled the lead in the 25th minute with his 29th goal of the season, all in the League. That broke the Liverpool club record for a Premier League campaign, set by Robbie Fowler in 1995-96.

In the second half Brazilian Philippe Coutinho ran from just inside the Spurs half to score the third goal from 20 metres area and England midfielder Jordan Henderson's long free kick went straight in for the fourth.

Manchester City dropped two points on Saturday when they were held 1-1 at Arsenal and Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho declared it was "impossible" for his team to win the title after they suffered an unexpected 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace. In the City-Arsenal game, Silva put City ahead before Flamini netted the equaliser.

Meanwhile, Tottenham's hopes of finishing fifth were diminished by Everton's win over Fulham.After an own goal by Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, Ashkan Dejagah equalised with a fierce drive, but Everton hit back with late goals from substitutes Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith.

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