Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Liverpool Add to United Misery
It certainly was a fantastic weekend for Merseyside's top clubs. Everton got the action underway with an accomplished defeat of Cardiff, but it was in Old Trafford where the city really celebrated, as Liverpool destroyed Manchester United on home turf.
That 3-0 drubbing yielded some telling photographs, but there were worthy moments across the Premier League, as the division continues to twist and turn. Sit back and enjoy this image-based representation of England's elite in action over the weekend.
Off We Go Then
A young pitch invader finds his 15 minutes of fame cut abruptly short by a steward, who marches him back off the field in Everton's Goodison Park.
One for the Tapes
Poor old Andy Carroll. The former Liverpool flop finally managed to break his goal drought of almost a year with a header for West Ham (hence the anguished celebrations), only to see Stoke hit three of their own to claim victory.
A Rioplatense Embrace
Left for Dead
Thievy Bifouma is without a doubt a tricky customer. The West Bromwich Albion man makes his marker look foolish with a few twists and turns, carrying on as the defender looks forlornly behind.
Bruce Looks Glum
Manchester City's Spain international David Silva helped his side roar back into title contention with the first goal of a 2-0 victory over Hull on Saturday. The star celebrated with an improvised leap/skip move, captured poetically in midair here.
It is understandable for Joe Hart to be happy with a successful day at the office. A clean sheet and a comfortable victory is all a goalkeeper can ask for. But perhaps nearly squeezing the life out of one of his team-mates, while Martin Demichelis looks on bemused, is not the best way to show affection.
Duck and Cover
It is, true, a situation more familiar for rugby players than those who act with the round ball. Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt, however, found himself in a compromising position as two Palace heavies rounded his prostrate body and held on as best he could until the kicks came to an end.
Although, with all credit to Leandro Bacuna, his temper stayed remarkably intact. Not even the slight inconvenience of being in a headlock seems to ruffle the Dutch youngster here during a bad-tempered end to Aston Villa's Chelsea victory.
The Pain of Defeat
Part grimace, part menacing baring of teeth—the look on Jose Mourinho's face says it all as the Chelsea boss watches his boys drop three vital points in the West Midlands.
Cech Shouts Loudest
Not even Petr Cech's bellows could get Chelsea going on Sunday afternoon. The Czech Republic international tried to restore order in the defence in the best way he knows.
Joy at White Hart Lane
It was Tomas Rosicky's turn to write himself into the Arsenal history books on Sunday. The playmaker scored the only goal of the afternoon to down North London rivals Tottenham on their own turf, and by the looks of things, he enjoyed his strike immensely.
The Master and the Apprentice
Tim Sherwood's agitated directions on the sidelines for Tottenham contrasted sublimely with the serenity transmitted by Arsenal's Arsene Wenger. Incredibly, Sherwood is the 10th full-time Spurs manager to direct the club since Wenger took over at Arsenal in 1996.
Another Brick in the Wall
The Gunners rearguard stands up admirably to keep out this free-kick from Tottenham, rising as a unit and expelling the danger.
Liverpool may be prime Beatles territory, but this banner seen at Old Trafford seems to appeal more closely to the song made famous by the Monkees back in 1967. Luckily, the Reds responded perfectly and made their supporters wildest dreams come true.
Nemanja Vidic had reached the end of his tether by the time he saw a third penalty given against Manchester United for his clumsy foul. A second yellow card and expulsion barely lifted his mood, although there was some consolation in Gerrard's miss to come.
Steven Gerrard was in the thick of the action in Old Trafford. The captain stepped up to take an incredible three penalties over the course of the game, scoring twice and hitting the post with a third. Here is how he sent David de Gea the wrong way for one of his strikes.
A (Nearly) Perfect Afternoon
A hat-trick of penalties would have marked a dream match for Gerrard, but the thickness of an Old Trafford post denied him that honour. Still, two goals and a Liverpool team right back in the title race will serve as ample consolation for not being able to keep the match ball.