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  • Date:13 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:45,018
  • Suarez (11)
  • Larsson (56)
Goal!

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93mins

Stewart Downing sends in a cross, comfortable save by Simon Mignolet.

93mins

Lee Cattermole produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

91mins

Effort from 30 yards by Lee Cattermole. Save made by Jose Reina.

91mins

Foul by John Flanagan on Dong-Won Ji, free kick awarded. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.

90mins

Stewart Downing produces a cross, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

88mins

Wes Brown challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.

87mins

Raul Meireles sends in a cross, Close range header by Andrew Carroll misses to the right of the target.

86mins

Raul Meireles sends in a cross, save by Simon Mignolet.

85mins

Centre by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Wes Brown.

84mins

Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

83mins

Centre by Stewart Downing, comfortable save by Simon Mignolet.

83mins

The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.

82mins

The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Daniel Agger. Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by David Vaughan. Free kick crossed by Phillip Bardsley, comfortable save by Jose Reina.

79mins

Stewart Downing concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Brown. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

78mins

Sebastian Larsson is penalised for a handball. Sebastian Larsson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.

78mins

Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by John Flanagan.

76mins

Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

75mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Charlie Adam. Raul Meireles is brought on as a substitute for Luis Suarez. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.

73mins

Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Brown. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

73mins

Luis Suarez fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

73mins

Jack Colback fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Cattermole.

72mins

The referee cautions Dirk Kuyt for unsporting behaviour.

71mins

The ball is crossed by Luis Suarez.

70mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

69mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Phillip Bardsley on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez takes the direct free kick.

69mins

Kieran Richardson crosses the ball, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

65mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Lee Cattermole. Caution for Charlie Adam. Asamoah Gyan leaves the field to be replaced by Dong-Won Ji. Strike on goal comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick.

63mins

The ball is crossed by Stephane Sessegnon.

61mins

Corner taken by Charlie Adam, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.

60mins

Dirk Kuyt on for Jordan Henderson.

60mins

Asamoah Gyan is ruled offside. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.

59mins

Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. Jordan Henderson goes into the referee's book. Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.

59mins

Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

57mins

Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, Sebastian Larsson scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Ahmed Elmohamady.

56mins

Charlie Adam fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

55mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stewart Downing, Andrew Carroll produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

55mins

Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Wes Brown manages to make a clearance.

54mins

The ball is swung over by Luis Suarez, Headed effort from inside the box by Andrew Carroll misses to the right of the target.

53mins

Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

53mins

The ball is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, John Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

52mins

The official flags Asamoah Gyan offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.

51mins

Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.

51mins

A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

48mins

Shot by Charlie Adam from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Colback.

47mins

Effort from just outside the area by Kieran Richardson goes over the bar.

46mins

Andrew Carroll fouled by Anton Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Phillip Bardsley goes into the referee's book. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Centre by Luis Suarez, Ahmed Elmohamady makes a clearance.

44mins

Jamie Carragher challenges Asamoah Gyan unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Jamie Carragher a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.

44mins

Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.

42mins

Leiva Lucas challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

40mins

The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by John Flanagan.

38mins

Leiva Lucas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

37mins

Sebastian Larsson fouled by John Flanagan, the ref awards a free kick. Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Phillip Bardsley produces a cross, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.

34mins

Shot from 20 yards from Stewart Downing.

33mins

Charlie Adam sends in a cross, comfortable save by Simon Mignolet.

32mins

Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.

31mins

Luis Suarez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

30mins

Long range shot by Lee Cattermole goes wide right of the goal.

29mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Charlie Adam.

28mins

Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Jose Reina.

28mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.

27mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Luis Suarez. Booking for Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, save made by Jose Reina.

23mins

Asamoah Gyan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

23mins

Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, clearance made by Jordan Henderson.

22mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, Wes Brown takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

22mins

Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, clearance by Daniel Agger.

21mins

Unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

20mins

Luis Suarez fouled by Anton Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Jack Colback.

16mins

Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.

14mins

Shot from long distance by Sebastian Larsson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14mins

Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

12mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Luis Suarez. The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam, Luis Suarez scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Charlie Adam.

11mins

John Flanagan sends in a cross, clearance made by Wes Brown.

11mins

Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

7mins

Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel.

5mins

Kieran Richardson challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Kieran Richardson is given a yellow card. Penalty missed by Luis Suarez.

5mins

Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Charlie Adam.

3mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

3mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Wes Brown takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Asamoah Gyan. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Suarez in contention for Reds Striker Luis Suarez could play in Liverpool's opening match of the Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland despite only returning to training on Monday. The Uruguay international's involvement in winning the Copa America prevented him from featuring in the club's pre-season but manager Kenny Dalglish will consider him for selection. New signings Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Alexander Doni are all in the squad - the club is awaiting the completion of a deal for Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique - but captain Steven Gerrard and defender Martin Skrtel are both out and full-back Glen Johnson (hamstring) faces a late fitness test. "We are delighted with who we have brought in. We think it helps the squad," boss Kenny Dalglish said of his summer recruitment. "We had to improve the squad that we had and that's the important thing - I think people would have been disappointed if we hadn't. "We are happy with the business we have done and look forward to the start of the season like everybody else. "Every club is exactly the same as us and has high expectation before a ball has been kicked. "We are all excited. Everybody looks forward to it (the start of a season); I suppose it's a wee bit like Christmas Day for the kids isn't it? "We just hope we can fulfil the expectation. But at the same time we will try to remain realistic and concentrate on one game at a time and see where that takes us." Sunderland defender John O'Shea will have to wait to make his debut for the club after being ruled out. The Republic of Ireland international, who joined the club from Manchester United during the summer, damaged a hamstring during pre-season and is not yet ready to resume. Fellow new boys Keiren Westwood, Wes Brown, Craig Gardner, David Vaughan, Sebastian Larsson, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won will all hope to have forced their way into manager Steve Bruce's plans, although Craig Gordon, David Meyler and Fraizer Campbell (all knee) remain on the sidelines. Bruce has had a busy close season during which he has recruited 10 new men, although he insists he will not make wholesale changes. Opposite number Dalglish has spent even more heavily, although Bruce believes former club Manchester United will still be the team to beat in the race for the title. He said: "Anybody who finishes above Manchester United will win the league. They are the ones. "They won the league, they have spent wisely again - and I don't think they are finished. They are the ones to beat. "But Liverpool have certainly made great strides in six months and with Kenny back at the helm, it has rejuvenated them. "They were in the papers for all the wrong reasons, which is not like Liverpool. "Over the years, it has been a closed shop there and you only see Liverpool on the back pages. "We have seen it too often in turmoil, which is not like Liverpool. It has a great history, a great tradition and with Kenny in charge, then they have got every chance."

Formation:4231Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

Formation: 4411Manager: Steve Bruce

Sunderland

  • Jose Reina
  • John Flanagan
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Daniel Agger
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Charlie Adam
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Luis Suarez
  • Stewart Downing
  • Andrew Carroll
  • SUBS
  • Alexander Doni
  • Raul Meireles
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Jay Spearing
  • David Ngog
  • Martin Kelly
  • Jack Robinson

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Match Report

Liverpool pegged back at Anfield Striker Luis Suarez gave Liverpool the perfect start to their season but they wasted the opportunity to press home their advantage as they were pegged back by Sunderland. With #49million worth of new signings on the pitch there was a feeling of optimism around Anfield and it was therefore fitting Suarez, the January acquisition who ignited the second half of last season, should score the first goal of the new Barclays Premier League campaign. Having missed a fifth-minute penalty the Uruguay striker made amends by heading in a free-kick from Charlie Adam - one of three summer signings in the starting line-up. Suarez's fellow January arrival Andy Carroll had a goal disallowed and another July new boy Stewart Downing rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot as Sunderland struggled to keep themselves afloat in the opening half-hour. But Liverpool's flowing, passing football evaporated well before the break and they failed to rediscover it as the Black Cats sensed their chance and seized it, securing a point thanks to Sebastian Larsson's brilliant equaliser 12 minutes into the second half. It somewhat pricked the pre-season bubble which had begun to develop at the club after owners Fenway Sports Group spent more than #50million in bolstering the squad. Of those acquisitions, Adam impressed, Jordan Henderson began brightly before fading, Jose Enrique was solid at left-back while Downing was quietly effective having been employed in a number of roles. But it was former Ajax forward Suarez who had honour of scoring the first goal of the season in the Barclays Premier League. The star of the Copa America, which his nation won, only returned to training on Monday but showed no ill-effects of having a short lay-off. His only blemish was that missed spot-kick but after eventually opening his account his goal is likely to be the first of many. Recent fixtures between these two teams have not been without controversy, with Darren Bent's beachball-assisted strike two years ago and last season a mistaken backpass which led to Dirk Kuyt scoring at Anfield and a dubious penalty for Liverpool's first at the Stadium of Light. The 2012 edition was no different as after just five minutes the hosts were awarded a penalty when Suarez charged down Kieran Richardson's clearance, with a slight suspicion of an arm, on the halfway line only to go down in the area under the challenge of Richardson after rounding Simon Mignolet. Referee Phil Dowd showed the left-back a yellow card but Suarez blazed the penalty over. But the #22.8million striker was not to be denied and when Adam whipped in a low, inswinging free-kick from the right in the 12th minute he nipped in at the near post to head in off the legs of Mignolet. Carroll thought he had opened his account for the season when he chested down Adam's left-wing cross before smashing home but the flag had already gone up for the slightest of touches on Anton Ferdinand. Adam had Mignolet clutching his 35-yard shot at the second attempt while Downing was even closer, crashing a shot off the crossbar after a driving run down the inside-right channel from five yards inside his own half. But somehow, from a position of dominance, Liverpool appeared to lose their way and the interval certainly put paid to their dwindling momentum. Sunderland seized their opportunity to gain a foothold in the game and should have equalised in the 53rd minute when John Flanagan's mistake at right-back allowed Sebastian Larsson, one of Sunderland's new signings, to get forward and cross but Asamoah Gyan headed straight at Jose Reina from close range. If that was a warning to Kenny Dalglish's side they did not heed it as just four minutes later they conceded an equaliser. Ahmed Elmohamady hung up a deep cross to the far post and Larsson found himself in enough space to superbly volley back across goal and past Reina. From that point it appeared Sunderland were the most likely winners. Liverpool regained more control late on as they pushed for a winner but with Suarez having been replaced it was left to Carroll to lead the line. The #35million club-record signing huffed and puffed a lot but could fashion only half-chances as his side laboured. It is, of course, early days but these are the sort of matches Dalglish knows his side have to win this season if they are to haul themselves back into the top four.

Form Guide

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  • Sunderland

Last Meetings

  • Sunderland
  • 0 - 2
  • Liverpool
  • 20/03/2011
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 2
  • Sunderland
  • 25/09/2010
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 28/03/2010
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 17/10/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 03/03/2009
  • Sunderland
  • 0 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 16/08/2008

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