Luis Suarez scored two goals and created another as Liverpool easily beat struggling Fulham 4-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday to bounce back from last week's loss to Arsenal.
Chelsea needed a penalty in stoppage time at home to salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromich Albion.
Liverpool took the lead through an own goal by Fernando Amorebieta in the 23rd minute and Martin Skrtel added the second just three minutes later. Suarez then followed up his hat-trick in Liverpool's last home game by adding the third with a calm finish in the 36th and firing in the fourth inside the near post in the 54th.
The Uruguay striker now has eight goals in six league matches since returning from suspension.
The result moved Liverpool back into second place in the standings and heaped more pressure on Fulham manager Martin Jol, whose team has just 10 points from 11 games.
Eden Hazard equalised for Chelsea with a penalty in the sixth minute of stoppage time against West Bromwich Albion to salvage a 2-2 draw and preserve Jose Mourinho's unbeaten Premier League home record as manager.
The soft spot kick was awarded after Ramires collided with Steven Reid, and Hazard made amends for a disciplinary breach earlier last week by converting from the spot.
West Brom had been on course for their first league win at Stamford Bridge in 35 years.
Samuel Eto'o exploited a defensive blunder to put Chelsea in front before half-time, but Shane Long levelled on the hour and Stephane Sessegnon put West Brom in front in the 68th minute.
But the late penalty ensured Mourinho is still unbeaten in 66 home games in the Premier League, stretching back to his first spell as manager.
New England call-up Adam Lallana impressed in front of national coach Roy Hodgson as surprise package Southampton climbed to third in the table with a 4-1 win at home to Hull City.
Aston Villa won 2-0 at home to Cardiff City while Crystal Palace and Everton drew 0-0.
Associated Press, Agence France-Presse