London: Manchester City seized the chance to put Premier League leaders Manchester United under pressure with David Silva’s double in a 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday while Liverpool enjoyed a 5-0 romp against Norwich City.
United face a tricky trip to fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with their advantage at the top whittled down to four points after Spain midfielder Silva struck in the second and 69th minutes for hosts and champions City.
Jordan Henderson, long seen as a major flop, scored a rare goal in seventh-placed Liverpool’s home thrashing of Norwich when his thunderous shot on the turn from the edge of the area flew into the corner of the net after 26 minutes.
The goal was only his fourth since signing from Sunderland in 2011 for £16 million but it was worth the wait for the fans, who also saw an outrageous dummy from new striker Daniel Sturridge set up Luis Suarez for the second.
Sturridge then made it three goals in three games since joining from Chelsea when he converted a cross from another Liverpool misfit Stewart Downing in the second half. Captain Steven Gerrard added a fourth from distance and Ryan Bennett's own goal made it five as Brendan Rodgers' side showed real signs of promise after a fitful season so far.
There was also a landmark early strike for Queens Park debutant Loic Remy, who coolly netted in a 1-1 draw at West Ham United which left Harry Redknapp's side four points adrift at the bottom.
Former Chelsea and Liverpool winger Joe Cole grabbed the 68th-minute equaliser on the rebound for his first goal since rejoining the Hammers.
Third-placed Chelsea host fellow Londoners Arsenal on Sunday knowing the gap to City in second is now nine points following the Manchester side's simple victory over faltering Fulham. Silva, less inspired this season than last especially in front of goal, found his scoring boots early on when he confidently slotted home after Edin Dzeko's effort was parried.