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Rampant Liverpool moves 2nd in Premier League

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 3:08 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Liverpool continued its impressive title challenge with Luis Suarez inspiring a 3-0 victory at Southampton that moved the club to second behind Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday.

A tilt at the crown had never been part of Rodgers' plan this season, but recent form has given Liverpool a real chance of a first championship since 1990.

The latest victory came at Southampton — the only side to have won at Anfield this season — with goals from Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool moved above Arsenal on goal difference, four points behind leader Chelsea and two points ahead of fourth-place Manchester City, which has two games in hand.

"I'm sure there's many people around the Premiership looking out for us because we've got no Europe," Gerrard said of the club's midweek rest days. "We're fresh going into every game and all we asked for at the beginning of the season was can we be in it with 10 games to go, and we are certainly in it.

"We're still not the favorites, I think Chelsea and Manchester City are still the favorites, but we just need to keep going."

Liverpool has 73 goals in the league this season, four more than second-highest scoring City.

"Defensively we were outstanding," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. "And we got three goals and arguably could maybe have had five or six again. So I thought tactically the players were outstanding."

On his 100th Premier League appearance, Suarez scored his first goal since January. Daniel Sturridge's ball took a fortuitous touch off Jose Fonte into Suarez's path and the striker steered it past goalkeeper Artur Boruc in the 16th minute.

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