Liverpool moved up to seventh in the Premier League as they hammered a woeful Norwich side 5-0 at Anfield.
Sturridge added to his impressive start for the Reds by tapping home his third goal in three games and Gerrard hammered home a classic long range effort before a Ryan Bennett own goal completed the scoring.
Manchester City moved to within four points of league leaders Man United with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.
The champions took the lead with just two minutes on the clock as Edin Dzeko’s rasping drive was parried by Mark Schwarzer, who could only watch as David Silva swept home. And the Spaniard doubled his and his team’s tally when, after a well timed run, he was able to cutely chip the ball into the back of the net.
Reading moved out of the relegation zone as they came back from 1-0 down to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James’ Park.
At the Liberty Stadium a 3-1 win for Swansea over Stoke City sees them climb up to eighth in the division.
Jacks left-back Ben Davies handed his team the lead as he jinked his way into the penalty area and fired home after 49 minutes and Jonathan De Guzman (2) sealed the win, while Michael Owen grabbed a late consolation for the Potters.
At Upton Park it ended all square between West Ham and Queens Park Rangers as they played out a 1-1 draw.
Sunderland eased their relegation worries as they beat struggling Wigan 3-2 at the DW Stadium.
But Sunderland quickly turned the game around with a Craig Gardner penalty levelling the scores and a Steven Fletcher double ensuring all three points belonged to the Mackems, although Angelo Henriquez did get another goal back late on for the Latics.