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Football: Liverpool back on top after controversial win

Published on Apr 7, 2014 5:49 AM
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (4th left) celebrates with teammates after scoring his second penalty during their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at Upton Park in London on April 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool moved a step closer to the Premier League title in controversial fashion as Steven Gerrard's penalty sealed a 2-1 victory at West Ham and capped a miserable afternoon for referee Anthony Taylor on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Gerrard fired Liverpool back to the top of the table after Brendan Rodgers' side were given a dubious second half spot-kick by Taylor, who had earlier allowed Guy Demel's equaliser for West Ham despite a clear foul on Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool captain Gerrard had given his side the lead in the first half with another penalty which was far less debatable and his second spot-kick took him past Kenny Dalglish on the all-time list of Liverpool goal-scorers.

A far more significant Dalglish-related milestone is now in sight as Gerrard's double means Liverpool are just five wins away from being crowned English champions for the first time since the Scot led them to the title in 1990.

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