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EPL Roundup: Liverpool Win While Man United Go Top

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LONDON – Daniel Sturridge scored his first goals in nearly six months as Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Norwich at Anfield to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers.

James Milner opened the scoring and his Reds account inside two minutes with an arrowed drive, before Sturridge’s exquisite volley doubled the home side’s advantage after the break.

Rudy Gestede halved the deficit from close range but Sturridge restored the Reds’ two goal advantage almost immediately after, coolly finishing after a brilliant interchange with Philippe Coutinho.

Gestede ensured the Anfield faithful had a nervy final 20 minutes with a bullet header, but the Reds held on for their first win in six games in all competitions.

Elsewhere, Manchester United moved top of the Premier League and above neighbours Manchester City, who were thrashed by Tottenham in the early kick off, with a routine 3-0 win over beleaguered Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Goals almost immediately before and after half time from Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney – his first in the league since April – saw United open up a two goal advantage and Juan Mata scored in the dying minutes to cap an easy day for the Red Devils.

Leicester and Claudio Ranieri’s unbeaten start to the season came crashing down as an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick helped Arsenal come from behind to win 5-2 at the King Power Stadium.

After Jamie Vardy raced clear of the Gunners defence to open the scoring, Theo Walcott equalised almost instantly with an unerring strike off the far post.

Sanchez then got off the mark for the season before half time with a simple finish after a scramble in the Foxes penalty area, and the Chilean extended the visitors’ advantage after the break by glancing in Mesut Ozil’s searching pass.

Sanchez completed his hat-trick in emphatic fashion, rounding a Foxes defender before finding the bottom corner from 25 yards, but Vardy grabbed his sixth of the season soon after.

Substitute Olivier Giroud netted in injury time to make it five for the rampant Gunners, duly shattering the only remaining unbeaten start in the top four English leagues.

While West Ham have been electric on the road this season, they had to rely on a late Cheikou Kouyate goal to earn a share of the spoils in a lively 2-2 draw with Norwich at Upton Park.

The Canaries took the lead early in the first half after Robbie Brady pounced on a mistake from Hammers captain Mark Noble before finishing confidently, but Diafra Sakho levelled proceedings soon after.

Nathan Redmond looked to have won the game for the visitors with a brilliant individual strike in the last ten minutes, but Kouyate bundled home in stoppage time to earn Slaven Bilic’s side a point.

Meanwhile, Stoke City finally notched their first win of the season after a late Mame Biram Diouf strike earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Britannia Stadium.

After Cherries striker Callum Wilson was stretchered off with a nasty looking ankle injury, Jon Walters opened the scoring following some wing wizardry from Marko Arnautovic.

Dan Gosling equalised for the visitors with 15 minutes remaining, but Diouf’s header from Glen Johnson’s cross eight minutes later saw the Potters move out of the bottom three.

And goals from Virgil van Dijk, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane saw Southampton to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea, who responded late on through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty at St Mary’s. – talkSport

Premier League results:

Leicester City 2-5 Arsenal

Liverpool 3-2 Aston Villa

Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland

Southampton 3-0 Swansea City

Stoke City 2-1 Bournemouth

West Ham United 2-2 Norwich City

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