Liverpool, Sterling top this week's AP soccer poll

JACK BEZANTS (Associated Press)
The Associated Press
Liverpool, Sterling top this week's AP soccer poll
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, right, celebrates scoring the opening goal during their English Premier League match against Norwich City at Carrow Road, Norwich, eastern England, Sunday April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Chris Radburn)

Liverpool tops this week's Associated Press global soccer poll for the fifth time this season and for the second consecutive week after its 3-2 win over Norwich kept it atop the English Premier League.

Raheem Sterling made it a double for Liverpool in the poll. His two goals in the victory earned him leading player honors.

Atletico Madrid remains second this week after a 2-0 win against Elche to stay first in the Spanish League.

City rival Real Madrid is third, a point behind Atletico, after winning the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. Gareth Bale, who won the Copa with a solo goal, is runner-up to Sterling.