December 19, 2014
Liverpool go five clear in Premier League title race
Liverpool took a giant step towards their first title in 24 years with a 3-2 win at a plucky Norwich City, opening up a five-point lead over second-placed Chelsea with three matches remaining.
Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for a place in Europe's elite club competition with a 3-0 win at Hull City in a dress-rehearsal for next month's FA Cup final.
Two goals to Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez's 30th league strike of the season helped Liverpool to their 11th consecutive Premier League victory and ensured them a top four finish and qualification for next season's Champions League.
They moved to 80 points, five ahead of Chelsea who suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by last-placed Sunderland yesterday, while third-placed Manchester City, on 71 points and with two matches in hand, play West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.
Arsenal, for whom Lukas Podolski scored a double after Aaron Ramsey's opener, moved to 70 points, four clear of fifth-placed Everton.
Liverpool have not finished top since 1990, two years before the Premier League began, and they can put themselves on the brink of ending that drought when they meet Chelsea at Anfield next Sunday.
Norwich remain mired in the relegation battle in 17th place, two points above Cardiff City and Fulham and three ahead of Sunderland, while Hull are 14th, six points above the drop zone.