• English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,228
  • Sterling, 19
  • Suárez, 26
  • Suárez, 52

live commentary


89 mins:A Glen Johnson curling shot is the final action of the game as Liverpool secure a comfortable win.

89 mins:The game is fizzling out towards full time now. It's job done for Liverpool but Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will be livid with his side's defending.

88 mins:Suárez showing a bit of petulance after being correctly flagged for offside. He's desperate for his third of the game.

87 mins:Now the ball is in the back of the net again but Allen's goal won't stand as Downing is correctly ruled offside. Nice move though.

85 mins:Glen Johnson crosses into the box and Allen blasts the ball against the side netting. Should have done better really.

84 mins:Suárez is still looking for his third goal though. His shot is blocked before Gerrard hits a volley over the crossbar.

83 mins:The game has gone rather flat now, with Sunderland offering little resistance and Liverpool having little desire to increase the scoring.

81 mins:Glen Johnson attempts a shot from distance but that's not troubling anyone.

79 mins:Adam Johnson crosses the ball but cannot find Fletcher, the ball drifting out harmlessly.

76 mins:Could have been a fourth! The ball is in the net but Glen Johnson's effort has been ruled out for offside. It's marginal, but probably just about the right decision.

75 mins:Sunderland have done nothing of note offensively in this half. It's all plain sailing for Liverpool.

74 mins:Jamie Carragher replaces Martin Skrtel for Liverpool.

73 mins:Downing skips down the left before cutting the ball back for Allen. His effort is deflected over the bar.

73 mins:David Vaughan replaces Danny Rose for Sunderland.

70 mins:Suárez wants his hat-trick. Some delightful play sees him beat Kilgallon and only Mignolet's alertness denies the Uruguayan.

68 mins:Downing finds Suárez but his effort is too close to Mignolet, who gathers.

67 mins:Jesús Fernández Saez (Suso) comes on for Jordan Henderson as Liverpool make another substitution.

66 mins:Of course, Liverpool are being aided by Sunderland's poor defending. The Black Cats aren't picking up runners, they are not marking effectively and Liverpool are cutting through the defence with far too much ease.

66 mins:Downing crosses the ball to Gerrard, who connects cleanly. His effort finds Glen Johnson's head, which directs it towards goal and Mignolet saves.

65 mins:Liverpool are hungry for more goals here - and you can see them scoring more too.

62 mins:Sebastian Larsson comes off and James McFadden comes on for Sunderland.

60 mins:Suárez's tame effort cannons off the wall from the free kick.

59 mins:McClean is booked for his troubles.

59 mins:Suárez is on a hat-trick and is hungry. Before he can unleash his shot, McClean fouls him, conceding a free kick on the edge of the area.

58 mins:Gerrard tries a shot but excellent defending from Colback saves the day.

57 mins:Joe Allen comes on for Raheem Sterling.

55 mins:To their credit, Sunderland are still coming at Liverpool, but to no avail. Jack Colback can find no team-mate and the Reds clear.

52 mins:GOAL: LIVERPOOL 3-0 SUNDERLAND: Dire, dire defending from Sunderland and it's game over! Gerrard dissects the Sunderland defence and finds Suarez. He has all the time in the world to beat Mignolet to increase the Reds' advantage.

50 mins:Suárez dinks the ball into Sterling, who attempts a chip over Mignolet. The youngster's effort goes wide.

49 mins:Fletcher shows some excellent skill, pulling away from two Liverpool players but the Liverpool midfield snuff out his attempt to find Campbell.

47 mins:Downing takes the corner and Agger takes a shot.

47 mins:Sunderland concede a corner, heading a strong Henderson cross out of play.

46 mins:Liverpool are attacking the Kop in the second half - will this inspire them to more goals?

45 mins:Stéphane Sessegnon is replaced by Fraizer Campbell for Sunderland at half time.

45 mins:The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.


44 mins:Liverpool have been the better of the two sides without being sparkling. They deserve their advantage though.

43 mins:Nothing comes from the set play as Skrtel heads the ball wide under pressure.

42 mins:Gardner puts the ball out for a corner as Gerrard tries to find Daniel Agger with a cross.

41 mins:Another free kick on the edge of the area is awarded after Sterling is tripped.

39 mins:Top quality from Suárez! He spins past Kilgallon and finds Henderson, who then finds Downing. His shot is deflected wide.

37 mins:After a strong spell of Sunderland pressure, Liverpool attempt to calm things down before Suárez attempts a weak effort which Mignolet gathers.

35 mins:Larsson curls his free kick into the wall but from the rebound, Adam Johnson finds Kilgallon in space. He could set up Fletcher but instead opts for the side-foot shot, which catches Reina offguard. The Liverpool goalkeeper manages to gather at the second attempt.

34 mins:Martin Skrtel fouls Fletcher, conceding a needless free kick on the edge of the area.

33 mins:Sunderland are seeing more of the ball now but Liverpool look hungry. The Black Cats must be careful.

31 mins:The ball breaks to Gardner, who attempts a shot from the edge of the area. The ball is then deflected to Sebastian Larsson but his shot is straight down the throat of Reina, who gathers.

29 mins:Sunderland win a free kick in a dangerous position, which Gardner takes. The ball is deflected out of play for a corner.

28 mins:A good cross from Henderson finds Downing on the right but the former Middlesbrough man just cannot connect with it.

26 mins:GOAL: LIVERPOOL 2-0 SUNDERLAND: Cuéllar tries to block Suárez but then slips. The referee plays advantage, allowing Suárez to nip in and double the home side's advantage by firing a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

24 mins:Suárez darts towards the Sunderland goal and crosses. Carlos Cuéllar clears at the near post.

21 mins:How on Earth did he miss that?! McClean gets beyond the Liverpool defence and all he has to do is beat Reina after Steven Fletcher finds him wonderfully. He drags the ball across goal though and the chance to equalise goes begging.

19 mins:GOAL: LIVERPOOL 1-0 SUNDERLAND: A man with confidence! Raheem Sterling is fed beautifully and he delicately chips the ball over the advancing Mignolet to score the first goal of the game.

16 mins:A scrappy spell in midfield now, with both sides being easily dispossessed. Gerrard is robbed by McClean but then Jordan Henderson commits a foul. Sunderland launch the ball into the box and Liverpool clear.

15 mins:Liverpool have had the best of the opportunities so far, with Sunderland rarely challenging. However, both defences look wobbly and the game is very open.

13 mins:Excellent save from Simon Mignolet! Downing curls the ball towards the near post from the free kick and the Sunderland keeper is equal to it.

12 mins:Luis Suárez wins a free-kick on the edge of the box after some cute play invites the foul from Matthew Kilgallon.

10 mins:Liverpool are starting to assert their authority here, with Downing pulling all of the strings. He has been lively so far.

8 mins:Gerrard flummoxes the Sunderland defence by feigning a shot but letting the ball run on to Wisdom. His effort is blasted over the bar though. Nice idea from the Liverpool captain.

7 mins:At the other end, Stewart Downing whips the ball into the box, which Sunderland struggle to deal with.

6 mins:The ball is whipped in from the corner but a handball from James McClean relieves the pressure for the Reds.

5 mins:Adam Johnson swings a ball into the box, which the Liverpool defence clears. However, the ball drops to Craig Gardner, whose shot is deflected out for a corner. Not convincing defending from the home side there.

4 mins:Steven Gerrard tries to find Wisdom with a killer ball but he gets too much on it and concedes a goal-kick.

2 mins:A little spell of possession for Liverpool now but the Reds are guilty of trying to overplay the ball too often and Sunderland can comfortably deal with any questions asked.

1 mins:Good spell of possession for the Black Cats, which breaks down when Rose hits the ball down the line and José Reina collects.

The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the match, with the Black Cats kicking towards the Kop in the first half.

Six points separate Liverpool and Sunderland in the Premier League, with the Reds in 10th and the Black Cats in 14th.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers makes two changes from the side that beat QPR on Sunday. Andre Wisdom replaces the injured Jose Enrique while Lucas Leiva comes in for Joe Allen.

Sunderland make one change to the side that lost against Spurs, with Danny Rose replacing the injured John O'Shea.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 January 2013, 7:45pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,228
  • Sterling, 19
  • Suárez, 26
  • Suárez, 52

match report

Liverpool moved up to eighth in the Premier League table as they comfortably beat Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield.

The Reds scored twice before the break through Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez with the Uruguayan adding his second after the interval to secure the points for the home side.

With manager Brendan Rodgers back on the bench after illness, this was Liverpool's fifth win in seven Premier League games while Sunderland remain in 14th just four points above the drop zone.

Sunderland had begun the game fairly brightly but it was the home side that forced the first save of the game when Stewart Downing fired in a free-kick that Simon Mignolet had to push wide.

There was nothing the Belgian goalkeeper could do about Sterling's opener inside 20 minutes, although the move did come from his own kick.

The ball came back out to Suarez who chested it down before hooking the ball over his shoulder for the onrushing Sterling to chase and expertly lob over the advancing keeper.

Five minutes later and Liverpool were two goals up. Carlos Cuellar fouled Suarez out near the flank but then lost balance and referee Phil Dowd elected to play on as the Uruguayan raced clear to finish.

The Black Cats were an intermittent threat at the other end and Steven Fletcher threaded James McClean in on goal before the break but the Irish winger missed the target when well placed.

That proved to be Sunderland's last opportunity to make a game of it as Suarez had his second of the night shortly after the half-time interval.

Steven Gerrard produced a trademark arrowed pass from deep that exposed the gap in the visitors' defence for Suarez to latch onto the ball and force a shot past Mignolet to seal the victory.

The brilliant forward searched in vain for a hat-trick goal as Liverpool continued to press but it was not forthcoming. No matter, as this was a comprehensive home win to kick-off 2013.

team line-up

25José Reina
5Daniel Agger
47Andre Wisdom
2Glen Johnson
37Martin Skrtel74
14Jordan Henderson67
8Steven Gerrard
31Raheem Sterling57
21Lucas Leiva
19Stewart Downing
7Luis Suárez


33Jonjo Shelvey
4Nuri Sahin
23Jamie Carragher74
24Joe Allen57
1Bradley Jones
49Jack Robinson


Phil Dowd

team line-up

22Simon Mignolet
3Danny Rose73
24Carlos Cuéllar
8Craig Gardner
12Matthew Kilgallon
14Jack Colback
23James McClean
7Sebastian Larsson62
21Adam Johnson
26Steven Fletcher
28Stéphane Sessegnon45


20Keiren Westwood
11James McFadden62
2Phillip Bardsley
19Titus Bramble
15David Vaughan73
10Connor Wickham
9Fraizer Campbell45


Phil Dowd

match stats

possession %6633
shots on target102
shots off target101
tackles won1311