Heading into Sunday's marquee matchup between first-place Arsenal and Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton wanted to keep the pressure on the Gunners with wins on Saturday. It turns out both teams were able to add three points to their respective totals with big victories.
Second-place Liverpool is now just two points behind Arsenal in the table following its 4-0 win vs. Fulham, while third-place Southampton kept pace with its 4-1 victory over Hull City. One other notable takeaway from Saturday's action is the success of home teams, with the clubs securing four victories and two ties.
Let's take a look at the updated league table with some reaction from Saturday's most notable contests.
Liverpool Flexes Offensive Power in Rout of Fulham
Need an indication of how lopsided this 4-0 victory was for the Reds? Just take a look at the shots taken. Liverpool held a 32-4 advantage against an overmatched Fulham squad.
Once again, Luis Suarez led the uptempo Liverpool attack with two goals, giving him eight in just six games so far this season. Liverpool's Twitter account shared this photo of Suarez celebrating his second goal, which came about 10 minutes into the second half and gave the Reds a commanding 4-0 lead:
Suarez is now tied with teammate Daniel Sturridge and Man City's Sergio Aguero as the EPL's leading goal scorer, a feat all the more impressive considering the Uruguayan star missed the first five contests of the year.
Liverpool's attack is rounding into form and looking like one of the top in the league, while Fulham is reeling and just one point away from the relegation zone.
Southampton Stays Hot Against Hull City
Don't look now, but Southampton is jockeying for position near the top of the EPL table against the big boys.
Few would have pegged Southampton to be the league's No. 3 team, but that's where you can find the team after its 4-1 rout of Hull City on Saturday. Once again, Southampton's defense proved tough to crack, as the goal allowed marked just fifth in 11 games so far this year.
Following the win, Southampton's Twitter account shared video reaction from manager Mauricio Pochettino:
Southampton carried a 3-0 lead into the locker room at intermission, getting a goal each from Morgan Schneiderlin (16'), Rickie Lambert (30') and Adam Lallana (37') before Steven Davis capped it off with another goal near the end of the contest.
Lallana's goal was certainly the top score of the game, as he weaved through a bevy of Hull City defenders before pushing it to the far post:
The Saints are now undefeated in their past six EPL contests and look like a legit contender for the league crown.