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Javier Mascherano is challenged by Chelsea's Michael Ballack

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Javier Mascherano is challenged by Chelsea's Michael Ballack during a frenetic start to the clash at Anfield

Chelsea's Frank Lampard is upended by Albert Riera

Chelsea's Frank Lampard is upended by Albert Riera with both sides probing but ultimately unable to create any clear chances on goal

Nicolas Anelka is shadowed by Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

Nicolas Anelka shields the ball from Liverpool's Martin Skrtel but Chelsea are unable to create any chances in the goalless opening half

Blues manager Luiz Felipe Scolari offers encouragement to his team

Blues manager Luiz Felipe Scolari offers encouragement to his side following the first half in which they offered little attacking threat

Frank Lampard is dismissed

The second half provides drama as Chelsea are reduced to 10 men as Frank Lampard is dismissed for a foul on Xabi Alonso on the hour

Fernando Torres heads home the opener for Liverpool

Liverpool pile on the pressure and are rewarded as Fernando Torres superbly heads past Petr Cech in the 89th minute

Torres celebrates his second

Torres wraps up the win and the three points with his second a minute later after being released by Yossi Benayoun's blocked effort

Chelsea's players are left to reflect on a crucial defeat

While Anfield celebrates Liverpool's first Premier League win on the year, Chelsea's players are left to reflect on a crucial defeat

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Magpies boss Joe Kinnear makes four changes to his squad for the 130th Tyne-Wear league derby

Sunderland's Dean Whitehead shadows Jonas Gutierrez

Sunderland's Dean Whitehead shadows Jonas Gutierrez during the opening moments at a bitterly cold St James's Park

Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse celebrates with his team-mates

The hosts are plunged into trouble as Sunderland's Djibril Cisse beats the offside trap before slotting his side ahead in the 32nd minute

Shola Ameobi thumps home from the spot

Shola Ameobi scores from the spot after the hosts are awarded a debatable penalty after Steed Malbranque fells Steven Taylor





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