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  • Date:26 Mar 2014
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44,524
  • Gerrard (38) Sturridge (47)
  • Ki (75)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Raheem Sterling gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback.

93mins

Clearance by Jack Colback.

92mins

The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

92mins

Unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick.

91mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.

88mins

Header at goal by John O'Shea goes right of the post.

88mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Jack Colback.

85mins

Santiago Vergini challenges Joe Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick.

85mins

Jozy Altidore sends in a cross.

84mins

The ball is crossed by Phil Bardsley.

83mins

Jack Colback replaces Andrea Dossena.

82mins

Foul by Jozy Altidore on Martin Skrtel, free kick awarded.

82mins

Phil Bardsley sends in a cross.

81mins

Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

80mins

Luis Suarez fouled by Liam Bridcutt, the ref awards a free kick.

78mins

The ball is sent over by Lee Cattermole.

77mins

Raheem Sterling is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Sturridge.

76mins

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.

76mins

Sung-Yeung Ki takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Daniel Agger gets a block in.

75mins

Shot by Phil Bardsley went wide of the left-hand upright.

75mins

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

74mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jozy Altidore on Daniel Agger.

72mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

72mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

71mins

Lee Cattermole takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.

69mins

Phillippe Coutinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Vito Mannone safely holds on.

68mins

Sung-Yeung Ki delivers the ball.

67mins

Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

67mins

Daniel Sturridge has a headed effort at goal. Vito Mannone safely holds on.

66mins

Adam Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.

65mins

Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.

65mins

Phillippe Coutinho has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone safely holds on.

62mins

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.

62mins

Glen Johnson crosses the ball.

61mins

Sung-Yeung Ki on for Connor Wickham.

61mins

Adam Johnson is brought on as a substitute for Emanuele Giaccherini.

58mins

Shot by Luis Suarez missed to the right of the net.

58mins

Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.

57mins

Andrea Dossena sends in a cross.

55mins

John O'Shea makes a clearance.

54mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Vito Mannone parries the ball away.

54mins

Phil Bardsley takes a shot. Simon Mignolet safely holds on.

53mins

Daniel Sturridge delivers the ball.

48mins

Daniel Sturridge scores a left footed goal. Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland.Jordan Henderson provided the assist for the goal.

47mins

Clearance made by Daniel Agger.

46mins

Shot by Luis Suarez went wide left of the target.

46mins

Clearance by Lee Cattermole.

46mins

The game restarts for the second half.

46mins

The half-time whistle blows.

46mins

Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Santiago Vergini on Luis Suarez.

44mins

Phillippe Coutinho makes a clearance.

44mins

Header at goal by Santiago Vergini to the left of the net.

43mins

Clearance made by Jon Flanagan.

43mins

Short corner worked by Emanuele Giaccherini.

42mins

Connor Wickham takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball away.

41mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Emanuele Giaccherini.

40mins

Phil Bardsley receives a caution.

40mins

Foul by Phil Bardsley on Jon Flanagan, free kick awarded.

39mins

Steven Gerrard scores direct from the free kick. Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland.

37mins

Santiago Vergini concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez.

36mins

Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.

36mins

Connor Wickham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel.

35mins

Luis Suarez has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

35mins

Clearance by Steven Gerrard.

34mins

Santiago Vergini makes a clearance.

32mins

Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.

32mins

Foul by Connor Wickham on Phillippe Coutinho, free kick awarded.

29mins

Jon Flanagan takes the free kick.

29mins

Jozy Altidore concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Flanagan.

27mins

Shot by Joe Allen went wide of the right-hand upright.

24mins

Glen Johnson produces a cross.

21mins

Vito Mannone takes the free kick.

20mins

Joe Allen challenges Phil Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

19mins

The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.

19mins

Wes Brown takes the free kick.

18mins

Connor Wickham fouled by Jordan Henderson, the ref awards a free kick.

18mins

The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez.

16mins

Free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

14mins

Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.

13mins

Jozy Altidore challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13mins

Phil Bardsley takes a weak shot. Blocked by Daniel Agger.

13mins

Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

12mins

The ball is sent over by Andrea Dossena.

11mins

The ball is delivered by Connor Wickham.

9mins

Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Foul by Luis Suarez on John O'Shea, free kick awarded.

9mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot.

8mins

Shot by Liam Bridcutt went over.

7mins

Luis Suarez shoots direct from the free kick and clears the bar.

6mins

Foul by John O'Shea on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded.

4mins

Foul by Wes Brown on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded.

3mins

Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

2mins

Glen Johnson takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

1mins

Clearance by John O'Shea.

The game gets underway.

Match Preview

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."

Formation:41212Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool

Formation: 3412Manager: Gustavo Poyet

Sunderland

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Glen Johnson
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Daniel Agger
  • Jon Flanagan
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Joe Allen
  • Phillippe Coutinho
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Luis Suarez
  • SUBS
  • Brad Jones
  • Iago Aspas
  • Victor Moses
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Aly Cissokho
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Raheem Sterling

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Form Guide

    WWWWWW
  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Sunderland
  • WWLLDL

Last Meetings

  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 3
  • Liverpool
  • 29/09/2013
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 02/01/2013
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 15/09/2012
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 10/03/2012
  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 13/08/2011
  • Sunderland
  • 0 - 2
  • Liverpool
  • 20/03/2011

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • L Suarez 28
  • D Sturridge 19
  • M Skrtel 6
  • R Sterling 6
  • J Henderson 3
  • P Coutinho 3
  • S Gerrard 2
  • D Agger 1
  • M Sakho 1
  • V Moses 1
  • J Flanagan 1

Sunderland

  • A Johnson 6
  • S Fletcher 3
  • E Giaccherini 3
  • P Bardsley 2
  • J Colback 2
  • F Borini 2
  • J O'Shea 1
  • C Gardner 1
  • J Altidore 1
  • S Ki 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 120
    • Goals per game 82
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 12 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 10 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 13 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 11 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Sunderland

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 26
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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