Best and Worst: David Silva gives fans glimpse of old form

Paul Lambert finds a new target for his frustrations, while Roberto Martinez finds his motivating words falling on deaf ears.

Best opponents: Norwich

"Can we play you every week?" is a popular football chant sung by football fans when their side is in the process of comfortably beating an opponent.

Liverpool would love this sentiment to become a reality and the Premier League fixture list be dissolved into 38 games against Norwich City, as the Merseyside club certainly enjoy their meetings with their Norfolk opponents.

Having won 5-2 at Carrow Road back in September, Liverpool were rampant again on Saturday as they scored five more in a 5-0 rout.

This coming after a 3-0 win at Norwich at the end of the last season gives Liverpool an aggregate lead of 13-2 in their past three games.

Luis Suarez, who had scored a hat-trick in the two previous games, evidently took some pity on Norwich by only bothering to score one at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool have scored 40 goals in the league this season with 25 per cent of them coming against Norwich.

The good news for Norwich is they do not have to face Liverpool again this season, although both sides are still in the FA Cup.

Worst rallying call: Martinez

Roberto Martinez had told his Wigan Athletic players to treat their eight remaining home games at the DW Stadium as "eight finals" as they strive to once again beat the drop

Getting turned over 3-2 on their own patch by Sunderland, who had won only twice away before Saturday, was not probably not exactly what the Spaniard had in mind for a response to those words.

Wigan have dodged the bullet of relegation repeatedly in recent years, but Martinez is right, a home record that has seen them claim just nine points from a possible 36 is not going to cut it if their stay in the top flight is going to stretch into a ninth season.

Best return to form: Silva

When David Silva first came to England to join Manchester City in the summer of 2010 he was a breath of fresh air and his intricate passing was an essential part of making Roberto Mancini's side change from pretenders to contenders.

When he was on form in the first half of last season's championship winning campaign City were at their best.

It was no coincidence that as he has struggled to find his best in the second half of the season, and picked up an injury, City's fortunes fell.

So, it was not just the two goals in Saturday's 2-0 success over Fulham that Silva scored which will have pleased Mancini and the City fans.

The deft touches, clever passes and imaginative runs were all on show, and the Spaniard looks back to his best, which is good news for City's hopes of hauling in their city rivals in the title fight.

Worst reaction: Lambert

It was not the fault of the plastic chair that Aston Villa's manager Paul Lambert sat on for most of Saturday's game at West Bromwich Albion that Gareth McAuley was left unmarked at the far post to head back across the goal for Peter Odemwingie to score.

But despite the chair's innocence in Villa's poor attempts at dealing with a set piece while holding on to a slender lead, it took the brunt of Lambert's fury as he watched two points slip away.

An angry kick sent the chair flying as the Scotsman cursed away.

A 2-2 draw having been two goals up is no good for a Villa side that are desperately low on confidence, and the despair of throwing away the lead was clear to see in Lambert's actions.

Admirable passion to some, but probably not too to the poor chair.

Best contract reply: Cole

In the lead up to yesterday's London derby news that two players had signed contracts at their clubs, Theo Walcott, at Arsenal, and Ashley Cole, at Chelsea.

Walcott honoured his by scoring his 11th goal of the season in 15 appearances in all competitions.

But Walcott ended up on the losing side, and it was partly because of Cole and his experienced defending.

The former Arsenal full-back always gets a lot of abuse from Gunners fans, and the two "professional fouls" he made prevented goalscoring opportunities.

The last, an inventive tackle on Bacary Sagna, more than likely stopped the visitors getting an equaliser four minutes from time.

Cynical and unsportsmanlike maybe, but it ensured three points for his side.

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