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Premier League Saturday including Liverpool v Arsenal, Chelsea v Newcastle and Swansea v Cardiff - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Liverpool v Arsenal, Aston Villa v West Ham, Chelsea v Newcastle, Crystal Palace v West Brom, Norwich v Manchester City, Southampton v Stoke, Sunderland v Hull and Swansea v Cardiff.

Eden Hazard's hat-trick fired Chelsea to the top of the Premier League 
by Sam Dymond

  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of another weekend in the Premier League. We're told that a week is a long time in politics, but it's an absolute age in the top flight of English football. Seven days ago, Manchester City were still an unstoppable force, Jose Mourinho had lost his managerial mojo, Swansea were still led by one of Europe's greats while Joe Kinner and Fulham were a laughing stock. Now, the Chelsea boss has restored his reputation as a tactical genius while dismantling Manuel Pellegrini's title favourites on their own patch, the Swans are managed by Garry Monk and...well....Joe Kinnear and Fulham are still laughing stocks.

    Of course, it could be all change again tonight following another intriguing day. It starts at Anfield where Liverpool host league leaders Arsenal this lunchtime before six three o'clock kick-offs. Chelsea and City will look to take advantage of any slips by the Gunners at the top when they host Newcastle and travel to Norwich respectively, while the tightest relegation battle in years (TM) could have a new look after the games between Aston Villa and West Ham, Crystal Palace and West Brom, Southampton and Stoke, and Sunderland and Hull. If that's not enough, the day ends this evening with, if not England's fiercest derby, then certainly Wales'; Swansea v Cardiff starts at 5:30pm. Football: it's not for the feint hearted.

    Stay with us for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores from around the grounds, and if you want to have your say on any of the day's events, then please tweet @sammydymond or email
    2/8/2014 11:54:05 AM
  • So, Liverpool v Arsenal, hey? A British institution of a football match. When you think Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield, you think Michael Thomas charging through the midfield. You think Robbie Fowler's three goals in four minutes. You think Andrei Arshavin's four goals in 90 minutes. You think Kenneth Wolstenholme and another British institution...

    Match Of The Day August 22nd 1964
    by thebiggestcloud via YouTube

    2/8/2014 11:54:19 AM
  • And the teams are in at Anfield. Liverpool are unchanged for the third consecutive Premier League game so Brendan Rodgers sticks with the side that humbled Everton in the Merseyside derby in their last home fixtures, but there's one change for Arsenal. In come Jack Wilshere in place of Lukas Podolski.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Cissokho, Gerrard, Skrtel, Kolo Touré, Coutinho, Henderson, Suarez, Sterling, Sturridge

    Subs: Jones, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Moses, Allen, Ibe, Kelly

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Monreal, Wilshere, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Giroud, Özil, Cazorla

    Subs: Rosicky, Podolski, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Gnabry

    Referee: Michael Oliver
    2/8/2014 11:58:02 AM
  • Liverpool will be hoping the difference between the sides at Anfield this afternoon will be Luis Suarez; a player who could have been wearing the yellow of Arsenal today if the Gunners' audacious transfer bid had been accepted pre-season. As Ian Herbert discovered, it's an offer that Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have learnt a lot from...

    The distaste about Arsenal’s £40,000,001 summer bid for the player ran deep – you can still locate it at Anfield – but if Henry had known then what he does now, it certainly would have been desperation he was displaying that August day. It is safe to surmise that Arsenal with Suarez would be on their way to a title by now – a world-class striker being the one commodity they miss – while Liverpool without his 23 goals in 19 league games would be further way from fourth place – a world-class defence being a commodity they miss.

    2/8/2014 12:44:06 PM
  • A huge roar from the Kop signals the end of a minute's applause for former Liverpool forward Tony Hately, and we're seconds from kick-off at Anfield...
    2/8/2014 12:46:40 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 1 Arsenal 0: Not for the first time this season, Liverpool are off to a flyer! Luis Suarez won a free-kick on the left side within seconds from kick-off which Steven Gerrard lined up. The Liverpool captain swung over a teasing, testing ball into the area and, after a slight touch off Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel arrived to divert the ball past Wojciech Szczesny with his knee. There were at least two shouts for offside, but after a couple of nervous looks at the linesman from the Slovak defender, the goal stands.
    2/8/2014 12:48:04 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 2 Arsenal 0: Martin Skrtel is on a hat-trick! And Liverpool may well have the three points in the bag! If there was more than a hint of good fortune about the first, the second was excellent. It was the same combination as Gerrard sent an outswinging corner into the box from the right, and Skrtel managed to bend his body away from goal to send a wonderful looping header over the man on the line and into the opposite corner.
    2/8/2014 12:57:07 PM
  • Liverpool 2 Arsenal 0: It should be three! Or four! or five! Liverpool are absolutely rampant! First, brilliant one-touch football sends Daniel Sturridge through on goal, but unlike the Merseyside derby, he's unable to make the most of a one-on-one with the opposition goalkeeper, sending the ball wide of the post.

    Moments later, the Liverpool forward escapes down the left, but his cut back is intercepted and turned behind by an Arsenal defender. From the resulting corner, it was ridiculous as Suarez controlled the ball on the turn, 25 yards out, and unleashed a nonsense rocket of a shot against the left-hand post. It was such an unbelievable effort that everybody was too stunned to notice Kolo Toure poke the rebound wide with the goal gaping.
    2/8/2014 1:03:20 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 3 Arsenal 0: This is getting messy for Arsenal! Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould are up in arms on the touchline complaining about Jordan Henderson's tackle on Mesut Ozil that started the move. The Liverpool midfielder dispossessed the German and sent Suarez sprinting down the right wing, and the Uruguayan's ball to the back post was comfortably knocked in by Raheem Sterling.
    2/8/2014 1:03:48 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0: Jesus Christ! It's 4-0! After 20 minutes! This time it's Daniel Sturridge with the goal after he was sent through by the sublime Phillipe Coutinho. The Liverpool striker missed a similar opportunity ten minutes earlier, but he made no mistake this time, steering the ball past Szczesny and into the bottom corner.

    The headline on The Independent sport website this morning? Arsène Wenger believes defence will keep Arsenal in hunt.
    2/8/2014 1:07:29 PM
  • I have no idea which goal is being celebrated here.

    2/8/2014 1:16:17 PM
  • Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0: Thankfully for Arsenal, not to mention myself, it's all calmed down somewhat. The good news for the Gunners is that they are actually enjoying a great deal of possession at the moment, but the bad news is they don't look like threatening a consolation, never mind a most unlikely comeback.
    2/8/2014 1:27:53 PM
  • More good news for Arsenal - this record might not stand for long; Liverpool are at Craven Cottage on Wednesday...

    2/8/2014 1:29:43 PM
  • Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0: There are three minutes of stoppage time before Arsenal's players can retreat to the dressing room and receive an absolute ear bashing from Arsene Wenger and, more worryingly, Steve Bould. On second thoughts, they may want to stay out on the pitch.
    2/8/2014 1:35:48 PM
  • Half-time - Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0:
    2/8/2014 1:36:01 PM
  • Need to score four goals at Anfield? Who you gonna call, Arsenal? 

    Liverpool - Arsenal 4-4 Season 2008-2009
    by MsFOTBALTV via YouTube

    2/8/2014 1:42:38 PM
  • Only first half goalscorers allowed.

    2/8/2014 1:44:01 PM
  • Liverpool 4 Arsenal 0: We're back underway at Anfield for a second half in which, the unwritten rules of football tell us, nothing will happen.
    2/8/2014 1:52:57 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 5 Arsenal 0: Well, I guess, unwritten rules are there to be broken. It's more of the same from the Arsenal defence as they switch off to allow Raheem Sterling to latch on to Kolo Toure's lofted ball and go through on goal. The youngster's first effort is tame and straight at Szczesny, but when the rebound falls straight at his feet, he makes no error in side footing home his second.
    2/8/2014 1:56:47 PM
  • "Yeah, about that, Glen. You're no longer needed, and we've got West Ham on the phone..."

    "Oh, and it's have, not of."
    2/8/2014 2:01:18 PM
  • Liverpool 5 Arsenal 0: Usually when the television cameras pan to the stands during a heavy scoreline early on in proceedings, commentators take great delight in pointing out fans heading for the exit when the reality is most are just off for a pie or a pint or a pi...well, you get the idea. On this occasion, I genuinely think many of the Arsenal fans are on their way home.
    2/8/2014 2:05:49 PM
  • Liverpool 5 Arsenal 0: Arsene Wenger goes all Barry Fry by making the lesser seen treble substitution. Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky and Keiran Gibbs are on in place of Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal. Who knows whether it's damage limitation, proving a point or resting players ahead of Manchester United's midweek visit to the Emirates. Either way, the newcomers can't fare much worse than their teammates have already.

    Meanwhile, Luis Suarez nearly scores with another ridiculous long range effort but his free-kick is clawed out from underneath the crossbar by Szczesny.
    2/8/2014 2:10:00 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1: There are titters aplenty as Michael Owen states that "they love a good tackle around here." In which case, they won't like this one from Steven Gerrard who needlessly dives in on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just inside the area and concedes a penalty. Mikel Arteta fires the spotkick straight down the middle for a consolation goal that brings ironic cheers from around the ground.
    2/8/2014 2:13:44 PM
  • We'll break away from Arsenal's epic Anfield comeback to bring you team news from the day's three o'clock kick-offs, starting at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Cahill, Luiz, Willian, Matic, Eto'o, Oscar, Hazard

    Subs: Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Schürrle, Salah, Ba, Schwarzer

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Dummett, Santon, Williamson, Taylor, Ben Arfa, Anita, De Jong, Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi

    Subs: Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, Haidara, Elliot, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Armstrong

    Referee: Howard Webb
    2/8/2014 2:19:36 PM
  • At Selhurst Park, here's how Crystal Palace and West Brom line up.

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Delaney, Ward, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Dann, Bolasie, Ledley, Chamakh, Puncheon, Ince

    Subs: Parr, Thomas, Gayle, Murray, Gabbidon, Hennessey, Bannan

    West Brom: Foster, Jones, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, McAuley, Dawson, Gera, Yacob, Anichebe, Morrison, Brunt

    Subs: Sinclair, Myhill, Lugano, Dorrans, Vydra, Berahino, Bifouma Koulossa

    Referee: Chris Foy
    2/8/2014 2:23:08 PM
  • The teams are in at Villa Park.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Bertrand, Westwood, Clark, Baker, Bacuna, Delph, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor

    Subs: Bennett, El Ahmadi, Helenius, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Holt

    West Ham: Adrián, Demel, McCartney, Taylor, Collins, Tomkins, Jarvis, Noble, C. Cole, Nolan, Downing

    Subs: Reid, Armero, Collison, Jääskeläinen, J. Cole, Johnson, Nocerino

    Referee: Mike Dean
    2/8/2014 2:27:35 PM
  • At Carrow Road.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Olsson, Tettey, Yobo, Bassong, Pilkington, Johnson, Hooper, Fer, Redmond

    Subs: Whittaker, Van Wolfswinkel, Bunn, Hoolahan, Garrido, Becchio, Murphy

    Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Milner, Kompany, Demichelis, Navas, Touré, Negredo, Jovetic, Silva

    Subs: Richards, Lescott, Dzeko, Kolarov, Rodwell, Pantilimon, Mesquita Lopes

    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    2/8/2014 2:32:47 PM
  • Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1: Raheem Sterling's pace has just made Keiran Gibbs appear slow so no wonder Per Mertesacker was in such trouble throughout the first half. The Liverpool attacker goes close to a hat-trick goal as he once again beats the Arsenal defence, but Szczesny gets enough of his body to the shot to ensure it rolls behind for a corner.
    2/8/2014 2:34:56 PM
  • At St Mary's.

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Shaw, Cork, Fonte, Yoshida, Lallana, Schneiderlin, Lambert, Davis, Rodriguez

    Subs: Davis, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Chambers, Hooiveld, Isgrove

    Southampton: Begovic, Cameron, Pieters, Adam, Shawcross, Muniesa, Odemwingie, Whelan, Crouch, Walters, Assaidi

    Subs: Palacios, N'Zonzi, Guidetti, Wilkinson, Sorensen, Shotton, Ireland

    Referee: Craig Pawson
    2/8/2014 2:38:51 PM
  • FULL TIME  - Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1:
    2/8/2014 2:39:05 PM
  • And, finally, at the Stadium of Light.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Bridcutt, O'Shea, Brown, Ki, Colback, Altidore, Johnson, Borini

    Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Giaccherini, Vergini, Ustari, Cattermole

    Hull: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Huddlestone, McShane, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Jelavic, Long, Meyler

    Subs: Bruce, Koren, Brady, Jakupovic, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko

    Referee: Michael Jones
    2/8/2014 2:42:37 PM
  • In this blog's introduction, it was stated that Chelsea and Manchester City would be waiting if there was the slightest slip up from Arsenal at Anfield this lunchtime. Well, that wasn't just a slip from the North London club. That was this guy...

    Guy Falls on RTE News - Funny
    by greannmhar3 via YouTube

    The Gunners' two title rivals kick-off in five minutes, eager to take advantage...
    2/8/2014 2:56:41 PM
  • The games are afoot...
    2/8/2014 3:00:30 PM
  • RED CARD! Sunderland 0 Hull 0: Wes Brown has been shown his third red card of the season, but none have been quicker than this fourth minute dismissal! Shane Long got away from the Sunderland defence and as he bore down on goal, the centre half brought the striker crashing down to the ground. Referee Mike Jones was quick to send off Brown for the professional foul and awarded a free-kick just outside the box. 
    2/8/2014 3:04:03 PM
  • GOAL! Southampton 1 Stoke 0: Southampton's finishing was something special at Fulham last weekend, and they've continued where they left off in London. Rickie Lambert has thumped the Saints into an early lead with a spectacular curling free-kick into the top corner of Asmir Begovic's goal from 25 yards. Get him on the plane!
    2/8/2014 3:07:03 PM
  • Southampton have let their injured defender Dejan Lovren loose on the club's Twitter feed this afternoon. This could be entertaining...

    2/8/2014 3:12:13 PM
  • GOAL! Crystal Palace 1 West Brom 0: It's a debut goal for Tom Ince! The former Blackpool winger latches on to Yannick Bolasie's pass and shows the kind of composure not normally associated with his family, and expertly clips the ball over Ben Foster and into the bottom corner.
    2/8/2014 3:15:29 PM
  • GOAL! Sunderland 0 Hull 1: Shane Long is the scourge of Sunderland this afternoon. The Irish striker was fouled for Wes Brown's early red card and now he's given the visitors the lead. Jake Livermore lined up an off-target effort on goal, but Long reacted quickest to divert the ball past Vito Mannone with his head. It's an uphill task for the Black Cats now.
    2/8/2014 3:16:58 PM
  • Norwich 0 Manchester City 0: The Canaries have the ball in the back of the net, but the flag is up for offside. Leroy Fer powerfully met a corner from the right and, after Hart had blocked on the line, Gary Hooper bundled the ball into the back of the net only to see his celebrations cut short.

    Nevertheless, Chris Hughton will be encouraged by the way his side have begun this afternoon.
    2/8/2014 3:22:45 PM
  • This never happened with dial-up...

    2/8/2014 3:24:27 PM
  • Aston Villa 0 West Ham 0: Stewart Downing doesn't get many goals, and forgetting to kick the ball is perhaps the reason why. Matt Jarvis broke down the left and sent a lovely ball across the area to the incoming winger but it went straight through Downing's legs and away from danger.
    2/8/2014 3:27:36 PM
  • GOAL! Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 0: Joe Ledley has followed Tom Ince's lead and notched on his debut. Ince sent over a corner, West Brom's man marking went to pieces and the former Celtic midfielder powered a header past Foster to put Palace two in front. Tony Pulis: Transfer genius.
    2/8/2014 3:27:56 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0: Chelsea have made their pressure pay at the Bridge, and could be heading to the top of the table tonight. Eden Hazard's rich vein of form continues as the Belgian sweeps Branislav Ivanovic's pass into the bottom left-hand corner to give his side a 27th minute lead.
    2/8/2014 3:28:07 PM
  • Who do you think will be happiest with Joe Ledley's debut goal? Tony Pulis? The Palace Ultras? Ledley himself? Nah, it will be these guys...

    Joe Ledley, by The Thai Tims
    by Thai Tims via YouTube

    2/8/2014 3:34:55 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0: Two for Eden Hazard, two for Chelsea! Moments after Moussa Sissoko missed a great chance to equalise, the hosts broke the length of the pitch to score a wonderful team goal. Willian surged forward and fed the Belgian, who played a slick one-two with Samuel Eto'o, before finishing off the Cameroonian's back-heel with a first time pass into the far corner. Brilliant.
    2/8/2014 3:35:07 PM
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