England midfielder Adam Lallana netted twice as Liverpool recorded an emphatic 3-0 victory against struggling Middlesbrough to leapfrog Arsenal and move second in the Premier League.
Lallana was joined on the scoresheet by in-form striker Divock Origi as the Reds returned to winning ways after disappointing results against Bournemouth and West Ham. The Reds are six points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Fourth-placed Manchester City secured their first home league win since 17 September with a battling 2-0 success over Watford. Defender Pablo Zabaleta and playmaker David Silva were the home side’s goalscorers.
Skipper Mark Noble proved the match-winner as West Ham squeezed past Burnley 1-0 at the London Stadium to put clear daylight – four points – between themselves and the relegation zone.
The Hammers had failed to win in their last six top-flight fixtures, since a 1-0 success over Sunderland in October, but earned their fourth win of the campaign in the first of two games which boss Slaven Bilic earmarked as must-win. Next up is Hull on Saturday.
Venezuela hitman Salomon Rondon scored his first Premier League hat-trick as West Brom thrashed Swansea 3-1 to move seventh, while Stoke and Southampton played out a 0-0 draw.