Wilfried Zaha rocked Chelsea as Crystal Palace breathed new life into the Premier League title race with a stunning 2-1 win over the leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Liverpool, who host Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday, climb two places to seventh in the Premier League after recording a third successive league win for the first time in a year.
Christian Benteke pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half to give Liverpool the lead in their English Premier League clash against Sunderland.
Christian Benteke struck in the 26th minute at Anfield on Monday, prodding home a cross from Jordan Henderson in front of the Kop, and the goal stood despite Philippe Coutinho appearing to have been offside.
Christian Benteke gave Liverpool the lead in the 26th minute. However, Bournemouth felt that in attempting to play the ball before it reached his team-mate, Philippe Coutinho had been offside
Although neither the length of the contract nor the fee were disclosed, several British media organisations said Christian Benteke had signed a five-year deal worth
Christian Benteke has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood revealed last week that he would be powerless to keep the Belgium international if a club meets his buy-out clause.
Lambert made the announcement after Villa's 4-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the League Cup.
Last season's top scorer with 19 goals, Benteke limped off with an apparent groin injury during the first half but his replacement, Libor Kozak, tapped in the game's only goal within two minutes of coming on.
Speaking the morning after the game, Paul Lambert once again refused to divulge the content of his post-match discussion with the referee but said that Chelsea would not have been denied a penalty had they made an appeal in similar circumstances.
Victory in an occasionally ill-tempered game will give Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho enhanced belief that his side are ready for the battle sure to await them at Manchester United on Monday.
Christian Benteke, Villa's top scorer last season with 19 goals in his debut campaign, was the architect of Villa's shock win, scoring twice in the 3-1 victory to puncture the pre-season optimism at the Emirates Stadium.
Benteke, who had previously submitted a transfer request, committed his future to the club until 2017 after a "full and frank discussion" with Villa manager Paul Lambert.
Ivanovic said he had forgiven Suarez for biting him during Chelsea's game against Liverpool in April, an infamous misstep which earned the controversial Uruguayan a 10-match ban.
The close-season bidding war is on for Christian Benteke after the Aston Villa striker handed in a surprise transfer request.
Christian Benteke put Villa ahead in the first half but, with both sides reduced to 10 men, Lampard started Chelsea's comeback in the 61st minute.
Defeat halted Sunderland's revival under Italian manager Paolo di Canio and this loss was compounded by the sending-off of Stephane Sessegnon.
Suarez is followed by Van Persie, Gareth Bale, Michu, Demba Ba, Christian Benteke, Rickie Lambert, Dimitar Berbatov, Romelu Lukaku and Santi Cazorla to round off the top-10.