Suarez sends Liverpool to top of Premier League with brace against Cardiff

Wellington, Dec 22: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez celebrated his new contract extension by sending his side to the top of the Premier League with his two goals and an impressive overall performance in their 3-1 home win over Cardiff City on Saturday.

Manchester City moved up to second despite a bizarre Vincent Kompany own goal in a 4-2 victory at lowly Fulham while champions Manchester United, in seventh, overcame West Ham United 3-1 through Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young.

According to Stuff.co.nz, Suarez expertly volleyed in the opener before setting up Raheem Sterling for the second after a superb ball from the resurgent Jordan Henderson, following which he netted his 19th league goal of the season on the stroke of halftime, leading his side to 3-0 up and a resounding victory for the club.

The easy win over sixth from bottom Cardiff, and their beleaguered manager Malky Mackay, sent Liverpool a point clear at the top with 36 from 17 games, although Jordon Mutch replied for Cardiff with a 58th-minute header, the report added. (ANI)