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Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Liverpool Add to United Misery

Daniel EdwardsFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Liverpool Add to United Misery

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    Luis Suarez: He scores goals and gives horseback rides
    Luis Suarez: He scores goals and gives horseback ridesAlex Livesey/Getty Images

    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

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    Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

    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

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    Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

    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

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    Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

    From Argentina to London and Uruguay to the northeast, the footballing careers of both Gustavo Poyet and Julian Speroni have taken the pair on an interesting journey.

    The two shared a hug prior to Crystal Palace's clash against Sunderland

Left for Dead

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    Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

    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

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    Granted, it is hard enough to get a smile out of Hull City boss Steve Bruce even at the best of times. So the chances of the manager raising a chuckle as his team went down 2-0 to Manchester City were slim at best. 

Silva's Skip

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    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. 

Love Hurts

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    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

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    Scott Heppell/Associated Press

    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. 

Brazilian Zorro?

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    Rui Vieira/Associated Press

    Zorro?

    No, it is Chelsea midfielder Ramires. The original masked comic book character would never have let himself get caught like his imitator above dishing out an ugly challenge, earning Ramires a red card as the Blues went down to Aston Villa

Tempers Fray

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    Rui Vieira/Associated Press

    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

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    Rui Vieira/Associated Press

    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

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    Rui Vieira/Associated Press

    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

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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    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

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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    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

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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    The Gunners rearguard stands up admirably to keep out this free-kick from Tottenham, rising as a unit and expelling the danger. 

Daydream Believers

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    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. 

Mr Angry

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    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. 

Cool Stevie

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    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

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    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. 

Not Again!

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    If nothing else, Manchester United's sorry stars had plenty of practice Sunday taking the ball back to the centre-circle for kick-off.

    In the shot above, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie discuss what exactly is going on as they prepare for the restart. 

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