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Liverpool go top, Man City third after defeat of Everton

AFP and AP, LONDON AND SUNDERLAND, England

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday after a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, while Manchester City climbed to third by beating Everton.

Luis Suarez was making his first Anfield appearance since completing a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season and he broke the deadlock in the 14th minute.

The goal showcased the Uruguayan’s flair for improvisation, as he hooked the ball into the net from a prone position after slipping as he shaped to shoot.

Top scorer Daniel Sturridge added a second three minutes later, turning Damien Delaney inside out before lashing home.

Steven Gerrard made it 3-0 with a 38th-minute penalty, before Dwight Gayle replied for the visitors with a late header.

Earlier, City ended Everton’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Everton took a 16th-minute lead through Romelu Lukaku, but City replied within two minutes, Alvaro Negredo squeezing the ball past Tim Howard.

The home side were dealt a blow in the 34th minute when captain Vincent Kompany went off with an injury, but they moved ahead on the stroke of halftime.

David Silva threaded a pass down the inside-right channel for Sergio Aguero, who rattled a low shot into the bottom-left corner.

Aguero had a chance to extend City’s lead from the penalty spot in the 69th minute and although Howard turned his shot onto the post, the ball bounced against the goalkeeper and into the net for an own goal.

Loic Remy scored twice as Newcastle United won 2-1 at Cardiff City. Fulham climbed out of the relegation zone after a neat 83rd-minute strike from Darren Bent secured a 1-0 win at home to Stoke City, while Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw at Hull City.

In Saturday’s late game Adnan Januzaj scored twice in his first English Premier League start as Manchester United came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1.

Sunderland opened the scoring after just five minutes through Craig Gardner. However, United recovered in the second half as Janujaz coolly equalized in the 55th then silenced the Stadium of Light with a superb volley into the far corner six minutes later.

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