London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Suarez continued his blazing run of form with a pair of goals and Liverpool rose to second place in the Premier League on Sunday after a comprehensive 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Tottenham- Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Brendan Rodgers' squad entered the tilt with a number of injury voids to fill as defender Jose Enrique, striker Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard are all out with long-term injuries.
Despite missing several key stars, Liverpool had the upper hand from the outset and Suarez netted his league-leading 16th of the season when he slipped through Spurs' backline and calmly slotted it just inside the far post past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The Reds doubled their advantage five minutes before the intermission when Jordan Henderson volleyed one past Lloris to the near post with a wicked right-footed strike.
Things got even worse for Spurs in the 62nd minute when Paulinho was shown a straight red card for a boot to the chest of Suarez.
Playing with the extra man, Rodgers' men pounced with authority and young left back Jon Flanagan opened his Premier League account with a strike off the crossbar and in 15 minutes from time.
Suarez finished his double in the 83rd minute and 19-year-old Raheem Sterling put an exclamation on the performance with a goal in the 88th minute.
The result sees the Reds climb to within two points of league-leaders Arsenal with 33 points and snaps a six-match winless run across all competitions at White Hart Lane.
Spurs, meanwhile, couldn't muster any shots on target and falls to seventh place on 27 points.
Manchester United 3, Aston Villa 0
Birmingham, England - Danny Welbeck bagged a brace in a span of three minutes on Sunday to help Manchester United get back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
It's been a difficult league campaign for the Red Devils thus far as the reigning champions entered the contest riding an uncharacteristic four-match winless run in league play.
But United shook off the cobwebs and opened the scoring 15 minutes into the match as Welbeck fired one past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Welbeck quickly completed his brace in the 18th minute and Tom Cleverley finished the job for United with a goal in the 52nd minute to secure all three points.
Norwich City 1, Swansea City 1
Norwich, England - Norwich City extended its unbeaten run in league play to a modest two games on Sunday after earning a 1-1 draw with Swansea City at Carrow Road.
The visitors had the better of the play in the opening stages of the match and found the first goal just 12 minutes in through Nathan Dyer. But they couldn't hold the lead as former Celtic man Gary Hooper buried the equalizer with a spectacular strike from distance in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.
The result sees Swansea remain in the top half of the table with 20 points from 16 games, while Norwich improves to 14th place with 18 points, five clear of the bottom three.