Luis Suarez scored on his first Anfield appearance since April as he and strike partner Daniel Sturridge helped Liverpool beat Crystal Palace.

The Uruguayan, who served a 10-match ban for biting, scored a superb opener, steering in while lying on the floor.

Sturridge then found the bottom corner after a twisting run before Steven Gerrard scored from the penalty spot.

Dwight Gayle netted a late header for Palace but Liverpool's victory lifted them to the Premier League summit.

With previous leaders Arsenal playing West Brom on Sunday, the Reds are a point clear at the top having played a game more.

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A blistering first-half showing saw Suarez and Sturridge continue fine goalscoring runs, while also showing they are growing into a formidable partnership.

Suarez has scored 19 goals in his last 22 Liverpool games, while Sturridge has 19 in 25 games since joining the club in January.

The South American's performance, in particular, would have pleased former player and manager Kenny Dalglish, who signed Suarez in 2011 and joined the club's board as a non-executive director this week.

Defeat for Ian Holloway's Palace side was their fourth in succession, and leaves them two points ahead of bottom side Sunderland.

And given the potency of Liverpool's forwards, it was perhaps surprising Holloway picked an adventurous 4-3-3 formation in trying to repeat a famous Anfield win while in charge of Blackpool three years ago.

There was no doubting that Suarez was the leading man in his first appearance at Anfield since biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, and his opener after 14 minutes was a case in point.

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After good work from Victor Moses, he passed to the overlapping Jose Enrique and then collected his return ball to fire in from 12 yards despite falling over.

It showed poise, balance and strength, and within three minutes Palace were further behind when Enrique's long pass was headed onto Sturridge, who turned Damien Delaney before netting.

Palace looked stunned but began to recover and Jimmy Kebe twice went close after a surging run.

His tame goalbound shot was cleared by Kolo Toure before Simon Mignolet saved superbly after the Malian touched Cameron Jerome's shot. Jason Puncheon then blazed over.

Home defender Mamadou Sakho then almost sliced into his own net following Jerome's cross as the visitors regained their composure.

But Holloway's side went further behind when Dean Moxey tugged at Raheem Sterling's arm and, although contact was on the edge of the penalty area, referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot after advice from his assistant.

Holloway 'bemused' by Liverpool penalty

Gerrard sent Julian Speroni the wrong way to score for the 15th consecutive league season, a club record.

Moses hit the bar from two yards out before the break but Liverpool's performance dipped after the interval.

Holloway tightened things up by bringing on another midfielder, Jose Campana, while Gayle replaced Jerome up front.

Palace improved as a result and when Gayle headed in Campana's free-kick with 14 minutes remaining, it looked like Liverpool might wobble.

It proved fleeting, however, and Sturridge almost grabbed a second when he hit the post late on.

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway on Liverpool's disputed penalty: "I've just seen it and I'm bemused. Was it outside the box and was it really a foul? If you want to compare it to anything, Jimmy Kebe is pulled much worse by Mamadou Sakho at the other end. If one is a penalty and one isn't, I don't understand.

"We just got one or two things wrong and this level is so unforgiving. Luis Suarez could fall over and still score and that's a terrible scenario for us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 17 Sakho (Agger - 67' )
  • 04 K Touré
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 31 Sterling Booked
  • 14 Henderson
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 15 Sturridge (Iago Aspas - 88' Booked )
  • 07 Suárez
  • 12 Moses (Luis Alberto - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 47 Wisdom
  • 05 Agger
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 01 Jones
  • 33 Ibe
  • 26 Ilori

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 27 Delaney
  • 03 Mariappa
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey
  • 12 O'Keefe Booked
  • 13 Puncheon
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 28 Kébé (Gayle - 45' )
  • 29 Chamakh (Bolasie - 68' )
  • 30 Jerome (Campaña - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Bolasie
  • 45 Inniss
  • 09 Phillips
  • 06 Campaña
  • 16 Gayle
  • 34 Price
  • 31 Guédioura
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 44,721

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

7 2

Corners

11 3

Fouls

11 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 1.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 1.

90:00 +3:55 Booking

Booking Iago Aspas (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:52

Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).

90:00 +0:52

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:34

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:34

Foul by José Campaña (Crystal Palace).

87:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Iago Aspas replaces Daniel Sturridge.

84:55

Offside, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

84:54

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

83:15

Offside, Liverpool. Kolo Touré tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

83:04

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

83:04

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:28

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

81:56

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

80:36

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

80:36

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 1. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Campaña with a cross following a set piece situation.

75:25 Booking

Booking Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:07

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

75:07

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:25

Delay in match Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

72:44

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

72:44

Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:40

Offside, Liverpool. José Enrique tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

67:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie replaces Marouane Chamakh.

66:56

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

66:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Agger replaces Mamadou Sakho.

65:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Luis Alberto replaces Victor Moses.

64:29

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by José Campaña.

59:20

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

53:48

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

52:46

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

52:46

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:16

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Joel Ward.

51:16

Offside, Liverpool. Victor Moses tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

50:00

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

50:00

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:09

Hand ball by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

45:48

Attempt missed. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a corner.

45:25

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Jimmy Kébé.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. José Campaña replaces Cameron Jerome.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 0.

45:00 +0:49

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

45:00 +0:43

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00 +0:40

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

45:00 +0:04

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:04

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

44:52

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

42:51

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

42:48

Attempt blocked. Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

40:44

Hand ball by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

38:35

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

38:14

Victor Moses (Liverpool) hits the bar with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

37:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 0. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

36:06

Penalty Liverpool. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.

36:06

Penalty conceded by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) after a foul in the penalty area.

33:41

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

31:10

Offside, Liverpool. José Enrique tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

30:06

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

29:20

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

25:11

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

25:09

Attempt saved. Jimmy Kébé (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

25:08

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

24:57

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Kébé (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome with a through ball.

19:14

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

19:14

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:29

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

17:50

Offside, Crystal Palace. Dean Moxey tries a through ball, but Jimmy Kébé is caught offside.

16:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Crystal Palace 0. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

14:29

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

14:27

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

13:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Enrique.

11:36

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

9:30 Booking

Booking Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

9:22

Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:22

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

9:12

Attempt blocked. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:19

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

8:19

Jimmy Kébé (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:17

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross.

6:35

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

5:50

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

5:13

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

4:34

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:34

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

3:06

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:06

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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