LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool delivered a potent attacking master class Sunday, with Luis Suarez at his devastating best in a 5-0 rout of Tottenham that signals the team can sustain a Premier League title challenge.
The 18-time champions, who haven't won the title since 1990, moved two points behind Arsenal after the leaders were stunned 6-3 at Manchester City on Saturday.
Defending champion Manchester United trails Arsenal by 10 points after winning 3-0 at Aston Villa to avoid a third successive league loss.
After Danny Welbeck's double for United, Suarez netted twice for Liverpool and played a part in the other three goals at White Hart Lane.
After another demoralizing collapse, Tottenham, which see itself as a Champions League team, is five points from fourth place but above United.
It is Liverpool exceeding expectations this season, sitting in second place above Chelsea on goal difference.
The gulf between Liverpool and Tottenham, although only six points, seemed far wider on the basis of Sunday's lopsided encounter.
The contrast between the strike forces in the league is glaring.
Suarez has 17 goals in a season that only began in late September as he completed a 10-game biting ban.
Tottenham has scored only 15 times in 16 league games and couldn't even muster a shot on target against the visitors who were without the injured striker Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard on Sunday.
Instead Suarez captained Liverpool for the first time, an unthinkable proposition when he was banned for racist abuse, then biting before agitating for a transfer in the summer window.
Suarez took just 18 minutes to open the scoring. Defender Michael Dawson blocked a through ball from Suarez, but Jordan Henderson recovered possession and fed the Uruguay striker to nip in and score.
Henderson volleyed in the second five minutes before halftime, seizing the ball after Suarez was denied by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Any hopes of a Tottenham comeback were thwarted by Paulinho being sent off in the 63rd for sinking his boot into Suarez's ribs.
With a man advantage, Liverpool was even more dangerous up front.
And Suarez then crossed for Flanagan to score Liverpool's third in the 75th, found the net again himself in the 84th by chipping Lloris, and fed the ball for Sterling to complete the rout five minutes later.
''I loved our arrogance today,'' Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. ''The arrogance with the ball was very good - lots of angles, lots of people moving and interchanging positions.
''We looked a real threat whilst retaining that solidity in defensive shapes.''
At Villa Park, Welbeck seized on Robin van Persie's injury absence to score his first goal since the opening day of the season in August.
Welbeck buried the rebound in the 15th minute after Adnan Januzaj headed against a post, and netted again three minutes later from Antonio Valencia's cross.
Another goal drought ended, with Tom Cleverley, scoring his first goal in a year from Wayne Rooney's lay-off in the 52nd.
In the day's other game, Norwich and Swansea drew 1-1.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Diego Costa became a one-man wrecking crew to lead Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 home win over Valencia on Sunday, scoring two second-half goals and earning a pair of penalties to ensure his side retained its share of the Spanish league lead with Barcelona.
The Brazilian-born striker's brace drew him level with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the league's leading scorers with 17 goals apiece through 16 rounds.
The opener came in the 59th minute, with Costa's stinging strike beating goalkeeper Diego Alves on a counterattack for the 59th-minute opener.
Raul Garcia fired in a loose ball four minutes later before another charge into the area earned Diego Costa his first of two penalties when Victor Ruiz brought him down.
Goalkeeper Diego Alves saved his spot kick in the 74th, but Diego Costa again forced defender Antonio Barragan to foul him as he broke into the box. This time he blasted the ball over the goalkeeper in the 81st, sealing Atletico's eighth win in as many league games at Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Atletico's title challenge gains strength with each passing round as it keeps pace with defending champion Barcelona and has crosstown Real Madrid trailing by five points.
MILAN (AP) - Carlos Tevez scored his first hat trick for Juventus to help the Serie A leader crush Sassuolo 4-0 on Sunday and reinforce its bid for a third successive league title.
Federico Peluso scored the other goal as Juventus bounced back from its midweek Champions League exit in emphatic fashion, with its eighth successive league win and clean sheet.
Juventus moved provisionally six points clear of Roma, which visits AC Milan on Monday.
Napoli is two points further back after also getting over Champions League disappointment with an entertaining 4-2 win over 10-man Inter Milan.
Fiorentina leapfrogged Inter into fourth spot after a comfortable 3-0 win over Bologna, while Lazio beat Livorno 2-0.
PARIS (AP) - Bordeaux came from behind to beat relegation-threatened Valenciennes 2-1 and stretch its winning run in the French league to four matches on Sunday, while Lille bounced back from its first defeat in 12 matches to beat Bastia 2-1.
Marseille snapped a run of two successive league defeats as it came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Lyon.
BERLIN (AP) - Schalke eked out a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Freiburg to ease the pressure on coach Jens Keller on Sunday, while Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Schalke remains sixth after 16 games played while Freiburg still occupies the relegation play-off place after its fifth successive loss across all competitions.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Vladimir Weiss setup Alejandro Dominguez's goal then scored himself as Olympiakos beat Aris 2-0 in the Greek league Sunday.
The win kept Olympiakos eight points ahead of second-place PAOK, which beat host Kalloni 5-2.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - FC Porto and Benfica both earned wins away from home on Sunday, keeping the tile rivals in touch with Portuguese league leader Sporting Lisbon.
Porto won 3-1 at Rio Ave while Benfica edged Olhanense 3-2 on the road to keep both teams two points behind Sporting.