Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on January 2, 2013. — Photo by AFP

LONDON: Shaun Wright-Phillips helped Queens Park Rangers to only their second league victory of the season when his second-half strike stunned his former club Chelsea 1-0 as Liverpool defeated Sunderland 3-0 on Wednesday.

Wright-Phillips smashed home a low strike after 78 minutes to deny Chelsea third spot and help the west Londoners draw level with Reading at the bottom of the table on 13 points.

Chelsea, with a game in hand on leaders Manchester United and third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, have 38 points from 20 matches and trail the table-toppers by 14 points and Spurs by one.

A Luis Suarez double for Liverpool helped the Uruguayan move one goal behind Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie in the scoring charts.

Young talent Raheem Sterling's second top-flight goal also helped lift Liverpool to eighth on 31 points from 21 games. Newcastle United, in 15th, were hosting sixth-placed Everton in the day's final game (2000 GMT).

Updated Jan 03, 2013 05:21am

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