Liverpool wins

LONDON – Liverpool beat Norwich 2-1 to move up to fifth in the Premier League on Monday, while struggling Blackburn and Crystal Palace earned much needed wins.

Liverpool won at the Canaries’ Carrow Road ground with two goals in six minutes of the second half from Spanish forward Luis Garcia and Norwegian midfielder John Arne Riise.

The Reds climbed one place above Middlesbrough to fifth with 37 points, 15 points behind league leader Chelsea. Norwich dropped to 18th with 16 points.

Today, it’s Arsenal vs. Manchester City, Birmingham vs. Bolton, Chelsea vs. Middlesbrough, Everton vs. Portsmouth and Manchester United vs. Tottenham.

The foot of the table was in focus Monday, with four of the league’s bottom five teams in action.

Andy Johnson scored twice as Crystal Palace climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. Blackburn moved up to 15th, six points from safety, with a 1-0 win over Charlton on Brett Emerton’s 41st-minute goal.

West Bromwich Albion drew 0-0 with Newcastle but still stayed bottom. The point was the first that West Brom has earned at home since Bryan Robson took over as manager in mid-November but the Baggies are still five points from safety.