Fernando Torres struck two late goals on Sunday as Liverpool revived their flagging English Premier League title hopes with a deserved 2-0 victory at home to Chelsea.
The Spaniard headed home in the 89th minute after Chelsea had been reduced to 10 men by a controversial red card for Frank Lampard and then made sure of the points in stoppage time.
Liverpool,who had drawn their previous three Premier League matches,moved back above Chelsea into second place with 51 points from 24 games,two points behind champions Manchester United who have played a game fewer.
Also,Shola Ameobis second-half penalty earned Newcastle United a 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Sunderland at St James Park,a result that left both clubs mired in relegation trouble.
Newcastle were ragged in a first half and trailed to a goal by Djibril Cisse after 32 minutes. The home side were fortunate to be awarded a penalty after 69 minutes when Sunderlands Steed Malbranque was adjudged to have bundled over Steven Taylor.
Ameobi kept his nerve to fire the penalty into the roof of the net and earn a draw that lifted them to 15th.