Premier League leaders Liverpool took full advantage of Chelsea's slip-up with an edgy 3-2 win at Norwich City on Sunday.
The London club's shock defeat to Sunderland on Saturday gave Brendan Rodgers' side the chance to open up a five-point lead at the top of the table with victory at Carrow Road.
Raheem Sterling's brace, which sandwiched a Luis Suarez strike, ensured they did just that - despite a courageous second-half fightback from the hosts.
Sterling and Suarez scored within the opening 11 minutes as Norwich failed to deal with a trademark blistering start from Liverpool.
England international Sterling picked up where he left off against Manchester City last week by firing Rodgers' men ahead early on, before Norwich's nemesis Suarez - who now has 12 goals in just five games against the Norfolk outfit - doubled the advantage soon after.
Norwich responded superbly after the interval and Gary Hooper's first league goal since Boxing Day reduced the arrears.
Sterling was on hand to settle any Liverpool nerves just after the hour with his second goal, although they were then forced to endure a nervy final 13 minutes after Robert Snodgrass nodded home Martin Olsson's cross.
Liverpool's 11th Premier League win in a row - a new club record - puts them firmly in the driving seat for a first top-flight title since 1990, while Norwich remain just two points above the relegation zone.
Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva came in for Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson, absent through injury and suspension, with Sterling reprising his role at the tip of a midfield diamond that caused City so many problems last week.
Just as he did against Manuel Pellegrini's team, the in-form teenager gave Liverpool an ideal start by breaking the deadlock in stunning fashion after four minutes.
Philippe Coutinho fed Sterling, who dipped inside and drove an unstoppable shot past the helpless John Ruddy, with the aid of a slight deflection off Michael Turner, from 25 yards.
The visitors were playing with a verve and swagger that has often been evident during their fantastic run of form, and Allen forced Ruddy into a fine save before Suarez, inevitably, got on the scoresheet with his 30th Premier League goal of the season.
Jon Flanagan fed Sterling down the left and he rolled a weighted ball across the face of goal for Suarez, who evaded Turner before calmly side-footing past Ruddy from eight yards.
Norwich responded admirably and Hooper was only denied what looked a certain goal by Allen's last-ditch intervention in the area.
Having started the second half on the front foot, Norwich got back into the game nine minutes after the restart when Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a mess of a cross under pressure from Bradley Johnson and Hooper was on hand to finish from close range.
Sterling quickly restored the visitors' two-goal cushion, as he capitalised on Johnson's wayward pass to run at the heart of the Norwich defence, before eventually beating Ruddy with a left-footed shot that took a wicked deflection off the retreating Johnson.
Snodgrass' header 13 minutes from time gave a spirited Norwich side an unlikely glimmer of hope, but Liverpool held on for a crucial three points as Mignolet kept out a late header from substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
|7||R. Snodgrass||29' 77'|
|Coach: N. Adams|
for G. Hooper 78'
for L. Fer 78'
|Kasperczak committed to attacking approach as Tunisia reach AFCON quarters|
|Slimani wants Algeria youngsters to learn from AFCON humiliation|
|Senegal 2 Algeria 2: Slimani at the double as Desert Warriors bow out|
|Zimbabwe 2 Tunisia 4: First-half glut seals progression|
|Adrian: I always wanted to return to Villarreal|
|Togo v DR Congo: Agassa could miss crucial game after vandals hit home|
|Extended Southampton stay on the cards for Sims|
|Bayern hoping for speedy Vidal return|
|Hull sign Markovic on loan from Liverpool|
|Wenger charged with misconduct by FA|
|Deulofeu joins AC Milan - and this time the deal is definitely done!|
|Henderson still playing through pain, reveals Klopp|
|Record-breaking Rooney reveals secret to longevity|
|No ulterior motive behind Van Dijk captaincy call - Puel|
|Carroll ignoring want-away Payet|
|Gerrard´s managerial ambitions ´wonderful news for Liverpool´ - Klopp|
|PSG interested in Guedes, confirms Emery|
|Barca lose Busquets to sprained ankle|
|Pulisic commits to Dortmund until 2020|
|Mason speaking after suffering fractured skull|
|Aubameyang blames poor preparation for Gabon AFCON exit|
|David Beckham returns to PSG|
|Morocco v Ivory Coast: Holders must beat old boss Renard as group reaches thrilling conclusion|
|Djilobodji charged over Fletcher incident|
|Cahill and Terry visit Mason in hospital|
|Allardyce onto second-choice transfer targets|
|Dortmund sign teenager Isak|
|Madrid confirm Modric and Marcelo injury blows|
|Vidal fears longer lay-off, targets return against Arsenal|
|Yaya Toure: Sterling should have dived!|
|Turan wants to see out Barcelona contract despite China talk|
|Impassioned Ibrahimovic attacks Rooney´s critics|
|´He has to lose weight´ – Mihajlovic angry after dropping Maxi Lopez|
|Lack of Liverpool signings frustrates Klopp|
|Suarez: Busquets difficult to replace for Barca|
|Depay impresses Lyon after debut|
|CSL? Rooney committed to United|
|Denis Suarez wants more goals after opening Barca account|
|Simeone bemoans inconsistency but says Atletico are improving|
|Mourinho won´t stand in the way of Rooney and CSL|
|Dzeko on target as Roma stay on Juve´s tail|
|Rakitic ready to cover for injured Busquets|
|Bale and Kane wish Mason well after serious injury|
|Busquets injury less severe than feared - Luis Enrique|
|Mason in stable condition after skull fracture|
|Senegal v Algeria: Misfiring favourites in last-chance saloon|
|PSV provide perfect finish for darts champ Van Gerwen|
|Broos predicts ´something great´ for Cameroon|
|Eibar 0 Barcelona 4: MSN see Barca to victory after Busquets blow|
|Busquets sustains ankle ligament damage in Eibar v Barcelona|
|Cameroon 0 Gabon 0: Aubameyang miss haunts hosts as AFCON campaign ends|
|Guinea-Bissau 0 Burkina Faso 2: Traore on target as Stallions advance|
|Busquets injury at Eibar compounds Barcelona midfield woes|
|Deulofeu lands in Italy ahead of AC Milan move|
|´I made the best decision´ - Conte basks in Costa recall|
|Wenger urges Xhaka not to ´punish´ Arsenal|
|Ex-Bastia man Palmieri questions Balotelli racial abuse claims|
|Costa reaction hailed by Cahill|
|Manchester City must be mentally strong, says embattled Bravo|
|Chelsea 2 Hull City 0: Costa back with a bang for Blues|
|Koke lauds Griezmann ´stroke of genius´ as Atletico snatch draw|
|Pioli questions Ansaldi dismissal|
|´I should have shut up and I apologise´ - Wenger sorry for ref rant|
|Arsenal can be proud of this red-card record|
|Mustafi: Arsenal never give up|
|Higuain: Lazio posed no threat to Juventus|
|Athletic Bilbao 2 Atletico Madrid 2: Griezmann magic rescues point|
|Puel unsure Van Dijk will be fit for Liverpool clash|
|Free-scoring Monaco return to Ligue 1 summit|
|Arsenal 2 Burnley 1: Sanchez snatches thrilling win for 10-man Gunners|
|Palermo 0 Inter 1: Joao Mario strike extends Inter streak|
|Arsenal fans give Alexis Sanchez paws for thought|
|Costa returns to Chelsea XI to face Hull City|
|Inter cannot delude fans about Messi - Ausilio|
|Allegri admits new Juventus formation was a ´mad idea´|
|Leicester boss Ranieri admits to tactical mistakes|
|Zimbabwe v Tunisia: Kasperczek demands ruthlessness with quarter-final spot on the line|
|Southampton 3 Leicester City 0: Saints end losing streak but suffer potential Van Dijk blow|
|Juventus 2 Lazio 0: Dybala and Higuain strikes see leaders return to form|
|Iborra makes a mark at both ends as Sevilla scrape past Osasuna|
|Pogba hails ´brother´ Griezmann as Manchester United speculation continues|
|Costa fight rumour ´not nice´, says Courtois|
|Henry makes emotional Ozil plea: Stay and become an Arsenal legend|
|Welbeck still has huge promise, says Wenger|
|A-League Review: Wanderers finally end home hoodoo|
|Tevez denies he´s highest-paid player after CSL move|
|Napoli capable of greatness - Sarri|
|Montella proud of Milan display against Napoli|
|Ramos tells Madrid fans: We need support|
|Conte: Costa committed to Chelsea|
|Callejon credits ´Maradona effect´ as Napoli down AC Milan|