Fernando Torres piled the pressure on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League as Liverpool bounced back from their Champions League agony to beat Blackburn 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
Torres scored two goals, the first a magnificent volley, while Denmark defender Daniel Agger marked his return to the side with an equally impressive effort to send Rafa Benitez's side two points above United, who kick off at Sunderland later in the day.
Substitute David Ngog also found the net as Liverpool produced the perfect response after crashing 3-1 at home to Chelsea in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg. This was Liverpool's last home game before Wednesday's 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 of the club's supporters.
Macheda is Man Utd hero again
Federico Macheda came off the bench to save Manchester United for the second week running on Saturday when the 17-year-old Italian got the decider in a 2-1 win at Sunderland with his first touch seconds after coming on.
Macheda made another enormous contribution to the title race when he diverted a 76th-minute Michael Carrick shot into the net after Kenwyne Jones had cancelled out Paul Scholes's opener.