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Last Updated: Saturday March 08 2008 17:50 GMT

Liverpool thrash Magpies at home

Liverpool players celebrating their win

Liverpool boosted their hopes of finishing fourth in the Premier League with a 3-0 home win against Newcastle.

The Reds took the lead with a bizarre goal as Jose Enrique's clearance hit Jermaine Pennant before looping in.

Fernando Torres and captain Steven Gerrard added to the scoreline to seal the victory, increasing their chances of a Champions League spot next season.

The Magpies are now just three points above the drop zone. Elsewhere Reading beat Manchester City 2-0 at home.

Morton Gamst Pedersen celebrates scoring for Blackburn Rovers
Morton Gamst Pedersen scored for Blackburn Rovers
Goals from Shane Long and Dave Kitson gave the Royals the result they needed to clamber out of the relegation zone.

The visitors' best chance fell to Vedran Corluka, but he failed to convert Elano's free-kick from close-range.

At Blackburn, Jimmy Bullard curled in a stunning, last minute, free-kick to earn Fulham a 1-1 draw.

Until then, Blackburn had looked set to triumph after a Morten Gamst Pedersen put them ahead 14 minutes after the break in the driving rain.

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