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Raheem Sterling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback.
Clearance by Jack Colback.
The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
Unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick.
Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.
Header at goal by John O'Shea goes right of the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Jack Colback.
Santiago Vergini challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jozy Altidore sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Phil Bardsley.
Jack Colback replaces Andrea Dossena.
Foul by Jozy Altidore on Martin Skrtel, free kick awarded.
Phil Bardsley sends in a cross.
Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
Luis Suarez fouled by Liam Bridcutt, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Lee Cattermole.
Raheem Sterling is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Sturridge.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line. Sung-Yeung Ki heads the ball into the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland.Assist by Adam Johnson.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
Shot by Phil Bardsley went wide of the left-hand upright.
Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jozy Altidore on Daniel Agger.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot and bounced off the bar.
Lee Cattermole takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.
Phillippe Coutinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Vito Mannone safely holds on.
Sung-Yeung Ki delivers the ball.
Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
Daniel Sturridge has a headed effort at goal. Vito Mannone safely holds on.
Adam Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.
Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
Phillippe Coutinho has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone safely holds on.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
Glen Johnson crosses the ball.
Sung-Yeung Ki on for Connor Wickham.
Adam Johnson is brought on as a substitute for Emanuele Giaccherini.
Shot by Luis Suarez missed to the right of the net.
Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Andrea Dossena sends in a cross.
John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Vito Mannone parries the ball away.
Phil Bardsley takes a shot. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.
Daniel Sturridge delivers the ball.
Daniel Sturridge scores a left footed goal. Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland.Jordan Henderson provided the assist for the goal.
Clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Shot by Luis Suarez went wide left of the target.
Clearance by Lee Cattermole.
The game restarts for the second half.
The half-time whistle blows.
Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Santiago Vergini on Luis Suarez.
Phillippe Coutinho makes a clearance.
Header at goal by Santiago Vergini to the left of the net.
Clearance made by Jon Flanagan.
Short corner worked by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Connor Wickham takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball away.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Emanuele Giaccherini.
Phil Bardsley receives a caution.
Foul by Phil Bardsley on Jon Flanagan, free kick awarded.
Steven Gerrard scores direct from the free kick. Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland.
Santiago Vergini concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez.
Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Connor Wickham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Santiago Vergini makes a clearance.
Foul by Connor Wickham on Phillippe Coutinho, free kick awarded.
Jon Flanagan takes the free kick.
Jozy Altidore concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Flanagan.
Shot by Joe Allen went wide of the right-hand upright.
Glen Johnson produces a cross.
Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
Joe Allen challenges Phil Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.
Wes Brown takes the free kick.
Connor Wickham fouled by Jordan Henderson, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez.
Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.
Jozy Altidore challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Phil Bardsley takes a weak shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.
Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Andrea Dossena.
The ball is delivered by Connor Wickham.
Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Luis Suarez on John O'Shea, free kick awarded.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot.
Shot by Liam Bridcutt went over.
Luis Suarez shoots direct from the free kick and clears the bar.
Foul by John O'Shea on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded.
Foul by Wes Brown on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded.
Glen Johnson takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.
Clearance by John O'Shea.
The game gets underway.
Rodgers determined to keep focus
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his high-flying side have the mental fortitude to stay in the title race as they do not underestimate any opponent.
While much is being made of the significance of next month's visits of Chelsea and Manchester City, their two main rivals, there are games to be won before that.
Sunderland visit on Wednesday, followed by games against Tottenham and West Ham before the first of their two mouthwatering home clashes, when City come to Anfield.
Having twice gone behind at second-bottom Cardiff on the way to their 6-3 victory at the weekend, Liverpool's next three opponents may sense they have a chance to upset the Reds' run in.
But Rodgers is confident his players are in great mental shape and have the character to withstand the pressures in the final eight games.
"Every team that comes through and wins (the title) have to be in that situation at some stage," Rodgers, who is expected to stick with the same squad that won in Wales at the weekend, said.
"If you go back 10 years or so Chelsea hadn't won the league for 50 years when they eventually did win.
"People may have questioned whether they had the mental strength to win it but when you do win it no-one then questions it.
"I only need to look at the squad and we certainly have the strength of character and we have shown that over a period of time.
"In my time here there has been various items thrown at the team.
"When I first came in we didn't score enough goals and that has now been flipped to we concede too many goals.
"'Do we have the character?' and then we go on a run and we're okay.
"'Is the squad big enough?. Are they fit enough?' It continues but we just concentrate on our work.
"We are up in that top area where we want to be but we don't underestimate any opponent with eight games to go.
"We are just continuing with the focus on a one-game strategy as that's what keeps it simple."
Rodgers accepts his team will never be perfect but it is the way they adapt to those imperfections and learn from their mistakes that he is more interested in.
And all the while he knows they are capable of outscoring any team in the division, which is where his meticulous planning over the last 18 months is coming to fruition.
"The objective coming in was to make us a more attacking, potent force knowing the other stuff will improve as we go along and the players have responded magnificently to the ideas we are looking to implement," added the Reds boss.
"We just work to make ourselves a more potent force. We are not perfect. We have the capacity to keep clean sheets but it has got to be consistent.
"What we have been able to work on is no matter what mistakes we make in the game we still have a positive attitude towards winning it.
"It is not total freedom, it is very much structured in terms of how we work, but I feel people enjoy watching us."
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has a fresh selection headache ahead of the trip.
On-loan striker Fabio Borini is ineligible to play against his parent club and Connor Wickham has been recalled from Leeds as a result, while full-back Marcos Alonso is suspended following his red card in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Norwich.
Frontman Steven Fletcher is still waiting to discover the full extent of the ankle injury he suffered against Crystal Palace on March 15, but he will not be involved at Anfield and joins long-term absentee Keiren Westwood (shoulder) on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Poyet is hoping Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, whose two strikes on Saturday equalled the club's record for Premier League goals in a season set by Robbie Fowler in 1997.
Poyet said: "I saw him once in a summer friendly game. He was just starting, I think he was 17 or 18. He was a powerful striker playing on his own, but of course, not the player we are seeing today.
"To be honest, I wasn't even thinking he would be so good. He played a decent game, but now he is on another level.
"Now you can compare him with the top players in the world because he makes the difference somehow."
Poyet added with a smile: "It's going to be tough. I hope he gets ill tonight."
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