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Published: 15:45 | 24/9/16

PL round-up: Liverpool thrash Hull

Liverpool have moved into the Premier League top three following an emphatic 5-1 win over ten-man Hull City at Anfield.

The Reds cruised against a Hull side tipped by most for the drop at the start of the season, but since revitalised by the caretaker management of Mike Phelan.

Hull started the season opener against Leicester with just 13 fit players but won their opening two matches against the Foxes at the KCOM Stadum, and against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Six matches in, things are getting tougher for the Tigers' threadbare squad, and all the more so when the impressive Philippe Coutinho beat two men to set up Adam Lallana for Liverpool's opener on 17 minutes.

Liverpool doubled their lead on the half-hour mark from the penalty spot thanks to James Milner's spot-kick, awarded after referee Andre Marriner had sent off Ahmed Elmohamady for a handball in the area.

Senegal international Sadio Mane made it 3-0 on 36 minutes, but Hull pulled one back six minutes into the second half through Ireland international David Meyler's strike following a corner.

But normal service was resumed a minute later, thanks to the trusty boot of Coutinho, and Milner wrapped up the scoring on 71 minutes with his second spot-kick of the afternoon, after Andrew Robertson had pulled down substitute Daniel Sturridge in the area.

Jurgen Klopp's side swap places in the Premier League table with city neighbours Everton, who drop to fourth after suffering their first league defeat of the season by losing 1-0 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Junior Stanislas' 25-yard piledriver from Marc Wilson's pass midway through the first half gave Eddie Howe's side their second victory of the season.

Manchester City move four points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their 3-1 victory over Swansea at Liberty Stadium.

City’s star man Sergio Aguero fired Pep Guardiola’s team ahead early in the tie from a Bacary Sagna cross from the right wing, before the Swans levelled through Fernando Llorente, who was teed up by a lofted ball from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

But after the break the league leaders sealed the victory with a second Aguero goal from a penalty and a third from a Raheem Sterling strike as Swansea got caught on the counter attack.

The home defeat leaves Swansea 16th in the table.

Crystal Palace came from two down to claim a 3-2 away victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats led 1-0 at the break through a Jermain Defoe finish after a Joe Ledley backpass error. The former England striker then doubled the lead on the hour with a well-taken shot after Palace failed to deal with a series of Sunderland attacks.

However, Palace pulled themselves back into the tie through a Joe Ledley shot from distance, which took a huge deflection off Patrick van Aanholt and ended up in the back of the net.

James McArthur levelled matters with just under a quarter of an hour to go when he got on the end of a Zeki Fryers cross. And in a frenetic end to the match on Wearside, Belgium international Christian Benteke headed home the winner four minutes into injury time from Lee Chung-yong free-kick.

The win leaves Palace in eighth place in the table, with Sunderland rock bottom with no wins and just one point to their name from six matches.

Salomon Rondon netted a stoppage time equaliser as West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 with Stoke City at the Bet 365 Stadium to deny Mark Hughes' side their first win of the season.

The home team opened the scoring in the 73rd minute when Joe Allen stroked home from close range after a misguided header from West Brom’s Johnny Evans, but Venezuela international Rondon levelled late to leave Stoke second bottom with two points from six matches.

Son Heung-min netted twice in the opening 23 minutes as Tottenham overcame Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough improved on their lacklustre first-half display and pulled on back in the 65th minute through Ben Gibson's header from close range, but were unable to force an equaliser.

Mauricio Pochettino's side move into second place in the Premier League table with 14 points from six matches, four points behind leaders Manchester City.

By Nick Royle

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