Michael Owen's first-half double helped Liverpool FC on their way to a 4-0 victory against Premiership strugglers Blackburn Rovers FC at Anfield on Sunday.
The win lifted the England striker's side back above Newcastle United FC, who had beaten Liverpool's city rivals Everton FC on Saturday, and into fourth position, a berth which brings a place in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool made an electric start and Owen gave them the lead after only seven minutes when he drilled in a shot from the edge of the area. Blackburn defender Andy Todd then volleyed a cross by Senegalese forward El Hadji Diouf into his own net to make it 2-0 midway through the first half.
Two minutes later Owen fired into the top corner from another Diouf pass to claim his 13th league goal of the season and Emile Heskey's 79th-minute finish wrapped up the demolition, leaving the visitors fifth from bottom, three points above the drop zone.
Elsewhere, Sylvain Distin's 82nd-minute header salvaged a draw for Manchester City FC against Aston Villa FC in Birmingham. Villa had led through Juan Pablo Ángel's 26th-minute strike but defender Distin nodded in from a corner to edge City away from the relegation zone.
The round of fixtures will be completed on Monday night when 19th-placed Leeds United AFC welcome Leicester City FC, one spot above them in the table, to Elland Road.
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