With Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge absent through injury, Luis Suarez took the opportunity to extend his lead at the top of the English Premier League top-scorer charts by a remarkable six-goal margin ahead of the league's halfway point.
Sunday's fixtures are yet to be played, but here are the current standings after Saturday's action:
|2||Sergio Agüero||Manchester City||13|
|3=||Yaya Touré||Manchester City||9|
|5=||Loïc Remy||Newcastle United||8|
|5=||Wayne Rooney||Manchester United||8|
|9=||Álvaro Negredo||Manchester City||7|
Luis Suarez, 19 goals
It was another remarkable week for Uruguay star Suarez, whose two goals and outstanding all-round performance saw the Reds to a comfortable 3-1 win over Cardiff City.
There can be little doubt that he has been the league's best player since returning from early season suspension and it is now being hammered home on a weekly basis with consistently impressive performances.
Suarez is not only a goalscorer for Liverpool but also their principal creative threat. Per WhoScored.com, he attempts over two shots per game more than any other player and it is currently translating into regular goalscoring contributions as the Reds fly high in the Premier League.
Yaya Toure, 9 goals
Despite the season having not yet reached its halfway point, Ivorian powerhouse Toure has already eclipsed his best Premier League goalscoring tally since his 2010 arrival.
A delicious free-kick curled into the back of the net via the crossbar was Toure's contribution this week, helping City to what proved a hard-fought 4-2 success over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
It was the Ivorian's fifth free-kick goal of what is proving a sensational campaign, despite Manchester City's ups and downs during the season's early months. Not known as a goalscorer, Toure has well and truly added a valuable new dimension to his game under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini.
One to Watch
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Of those near the summit of the top-scorer charts, Belgium international Lukaku is the only player in action on Sunday as the Toffees travel to Swansea at 4 p.m. GMT.
It has now been three games since Lukaku found the back of the net, albeit contributing two assists over that period, and he will be determined to set the record straight against a Swansea side that have not found life easy with their additional European commitments this campaign.
With his physicality unsettling for any defence and Everton one of the few sides who can compete with Swansea for possession, he will be the biggest threat to Michael Laudrup's team on this occasion.