London: Daniel Sturridge struck twice to keep Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes alive with a thrilling 4-3 win over Swansea City on Sunday.
The win lifted Liverpool back to within four points of leaders Chelsea, while Newcastle United ended a three match-losing streak when Loic Remy scored a stoppage-time winner to seal a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Sturridge became only the second player to score in eight successive Premier League matches when he grabbed a third-minute opener and Jordan Henderson put Liverpool in control before Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony drew Swansea level.
Sturridge, who matched former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s feat, was on target again before the break only for Bony to equalise once more from the penalty spot. Henderson clinched the points for the hosts 16 minutes from regulation time at Anfield, keeping them fourth with 56 points from 27 matches.
Arsenal are second, one point behind Chelsea, with Manchester City a further two points back in third.
Newcastle, who had lost their past three matches and not scored in four, appeared to be on their way to another disappointing result before Remy, returning after a three-match suspension, struck with moments remaining at St James’ Park.
Having hit the base of the post after 88 minutes, the on-loan Frenchman made no mistake when the ball fell to him in the middle of the box, giving Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan no chance with Newcastle’s first home goal since late December.