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  • Date:20 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Attendance:47,207
  • Kuyt - pen (33) Suarez (76)

Live Commentary

93:06 +3.06

Foul by Joe Cole on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.


Joe Cole is brought on as a substitute for Luis Suarez.


Foul by Steed Malbranque on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.


Stephane Sessegnon concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.


Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.


Rodriguez Maxi comes on in place of Raul Meireles.


John Mensah shown a red card.


John Mensah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Strike comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick.


David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.


Close range headed effort by David Ngog goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Luis Suarez scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Dirk Kuyt.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by David Ngog. John Mensah restarts play with the free kick.


Raul Meireles takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Asamoah Gyan.


Jay Spearing takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.


Titus Bramble challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.


David Ngog is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Carroll. The assistant referee signals for offside against Raul Meireles. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Asamoah Gyan.


Centre by Titus Bramble, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.


Phillip Bardsley sends in a cross, clearance made by Glen Johnson.


Luis Suarez goes into the book for dissent.


Dirk Kuyt is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.


The ball is swung over by Andrew Carroll, save by Simon Mignolet.


A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, save by Simon Mignolet.


Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, save by Jose Reina.


Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Martin Skrtel.


Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.


Ahmed Elmohamady is brought on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.


The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.


Booking for Leiva Lucas for unsporting behaviour.


The ball is sent over by Raul Meireles.


Foul by Raul Meireles on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Stephane Sessegnon takes the free kick.


Steed Malbranque produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.


Stephane Sessegnon sends in a cross, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.


Booking for Titus Bramble for unsporting behaviour. Andrew Carroll fouled by Titus Bramble, the ref awards a free kick. Luis Suarez produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.


Stephane Sessegnon concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.


Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.


Jordan Henderson takes a short corner.


Stephane Sessegnon crosses the ball, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.


Lee Cattermole booked for unsporting behaviour. Luis Suarez fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.


Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.


Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Carroll goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.


The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by John Mensah.


Foul by Leiva Lucas on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.


John Mensah booked for unsporting behaviour. Dirk Kuyt scores a penalty. Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool.Foul by John Mensah on Jay Spearing, Penalty awarded.


Jay Spearing provided the assist for the goal.


Steed Malbranque produces a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.


Glen Johnson fouled by Danny Welbeck, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.


Steed Malbranque is brought on as a substitute for Kieran Richardson.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Titus Bramble.


The ball is sent over by Anton Ferdinand, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.


(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Lee Cattermole coming on for Sulley Muntari.


Danny Welbeck sends in a cross.


Dirk Kuyt fouled by Danny Welbeck, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Sulley Muntari on Luis Suarez. A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, Header from close in by Daniel Agger misses to the right of the goal.


The ball is delivered by Jay Spearing, clearance made by Titus Bramble.


Centre by Anton Ferdinand, save by Jose Reina.


A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.


Phillip Bardsley delivers the ball, clearance made by Daniel Agger.


Raul Meireles crosses the ball, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.


Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the right by-line, Dirk Kuyt produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.


Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.


Asamoah Gyan fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Sulley Muntari, Jay Spearing makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Sunderland trio return Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will have three players returning from injury in his squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool. Skipper Lee Cattermole (back), defender Nedum Onuoha and midfielder Bolo Zenden (both calf), will all be included after resuming full training, while Danny Welbeck could be handed a first start after his return from a knee injury at Arsenal a fortnight ago. The game could come just too soon for striker Fraizer Campbell after his seven-month lay-off with a knee injury, while Michael Turner (also knee) is expected to return to training next week. Craig Gordon is likely to be named among the substitutes as he continues on an exercise programme to address tendinitis in his knee, while David Meyler (also knee) is closing in on full fitness. Welbeck is determined to make up for lost time as he plots a return to the Sunderland starting line-up. The 20-year-old ended a two-month absence through injury when he was introduced as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal last time out, and with Liverpool arriving on Wearside on Sunday before a trip to Manchester City in a fortnight's time, he is desperate to get back into the swing of things. Welbeck was earning rave reviews when injury struck at Aston Villa on January 5 as he tore a cartilage and was ruled out for up to eight weeks. His cameo at the Emirates Stadium has been followed by an appearance for the reserves and a run-out in an internal practice match, and now he is ready to step up his involvement. Welbeck said: "I have missed quite a few games, so I was obviously a bit down-hearted at that, but I took it as a positive. "I am just looking forward to playing as many minutes as possible from now until the end of the season, and then we will see what happens from there. "I have missed a lot of games over these past two months, so just to get back fit and get as many games under my belt as possible before the end of the season, that's my main aim." Liverpool are likely to field their strongest front pair of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for Sunday's trip to Sunderland. Owing to Carroll's recent injury problems, the duo have played just 15 minutes together - in the 3-1 win over Manchester United - since both arrived in January. However, the England international made his first start for the club in their Europa League exit against Braga, for which Suarez was ineligible, and the former Newcastle striker is likely to retain his place with the Uruguayan returning to the line-up. Defender Daniel Agger may be fit, having missed the last four matches with a knee injury, but the Reds will be without captain Steven Gerrard (groin), defenders Martin Kelly and Fabio Aurelio (both hamstring) and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (knee). Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his players they cannot afford to fall into the trap of becoming a long-ball team with Carroll in the side. The 6ft 3ins striker has already displayed an impressive aerial dominance in his three appearances since his #35million British record move from Newcastle. However, in Thursday's Europa League exit to Braga there was an over-reliance on getting the ball up to him early with the three of the back four in Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Danny Wilson launching frequent long passes upfield. It is perhaps an understandable tendency to try to utilise your greatest strength at every available opportunity but Dalglish wants to see more variety in their play. "Andy has tremendous assets which we have to learn to get the best out of and we have got assets that will help," said the Scot. "But he has to learn how we can get the best out of him. "We have to fuse the two things together, play to his strengths but also play to ours and it will take a bit of time to get it working. "The quicker they get gelling with each other the better it will be for everyone but I think the signs are very positive."

Formation:442Manager: Steve Bruce


Formation: 442Manager: Kenny Dalglish


  • Simon Mignolet
  • Anton Ferdinand
  • Titus Bramble
  • John Mensah
  • Phillip Bardsley
  • Stephane Sessegnon
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Sulley Muntari
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Asamoah Gyan
  • SUBS
  • Craig Gordon
  • Boudewijn Zenden
  • Steed Malbranque
  • Ahmed Elmohamady
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Jack Colback
  • Nedum Onuoha



Match Report

Reds cruise to Wearside win Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez fired Liverpool to a 2-0 victory at Sunderland as the Reds made amends for their beachball disaster on Wearside last season. Kuyt set the visitors on their way with 33 minutes gone when he converted a hotly-disputed penalty, and Suarez completed the job with 13 minutes remaining. But the Black Cats trudged off the pitch on the final whistle hugely aggrieved at the penalty decision with defender John Mensah, who was later shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Suarez, appearing to trip Jay Spearing outside the box. However, while they may have had reason to feel hard done by, Steve Bruce's men were rarely a threat despite enjoying the greater share of possession, and Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina did not have a save worthy of note to make until he plucked substitute Lee Cattermole's long-range effort out of the air four minutes from time. Liverpool were much more effective despite #35million man Andy Carroll enduring a quiet afternoon on his full league debut for the club, and home goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had to pull off good saves from Kuyt, Suarez and Spearing to keep the scoreline respectable in front of a sell-out crowd of 47,207. Sunderland went into the game having ended a run of four consecutive league defeats with a hard-earned point at Arsenal a fortnight ago, and with Danny Welbeck back in the starting line-up and skipper Cattermole on the bench after injury, there was genuine optimism on Wearside for a repeat of last season's victory over the Reds. That day, of course, they enjoyed the most outrageous slice of good fortune when Darren Bent's shot found its way into the back of the net with the help of a deflection off a beachball. This time around, they had plenty of luck, but all of it bad. By the time 22 minutes had elapsed, Bruce had been forced to use two of his three substitutes as first Sulley Muntari and then Kieran Richardson limped off. To their credit, the home side were not unduly affected as Cattermole, playing for the first time since December 28, and Steed Malbranque were drafted in and Stephane Sessegnon and Welbeck particularly lively. However, despite enjoying the better of the possession, the Black Cats created little of note before the break with Welbeck's 17th-minute cross from the left which just eluded Richardson as close as they came to troubling Reina. By contrast, the visitors struggled to get the ball anywhere near Carroll and Suarez, the latter of whom spent much of his time wide on the right, where he was largely effectively shackled by full-back Phil Bardsley. However, it was they who created the better opportunities with Kuyt the main beneficiary. Keeper Simon Mignolet bravely blocked the Dutchman's fifth-minute shot at point-blank range after Carroll had headed down Raul Meireles' corner, and Kuyt headed over from the resulting set-piece. It was he who eventually broke the deadlock, but he did so in controversial circumstances. Mensah's poor control allowed Spearing to burst towards the penalty area, and the Ghana international brought him down in his efforts to make amends. Replays suggested the contact had taken place outside the area and referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot on the advice of his assistant. Kuyt sent Mignolet the wrong way to give the visitors the lead, and it might have been 2-0 before the break had the Belgian not got down well to palm away Suarez's well-struck 37th-minute effort. Malbranque miskicked when presented with a 48th-minute half-chance after Jordan Henderson had worked a short corner move with Anton Ferdinand as Sunderland started the second half brightly. However, the game might have been over three minutes later had Cattermole not managed to block Carroll's header on the line with his knee after the striker had been allowed to meet a Meireles corner unmarked. The same pair could have put the result beyond doubt with 54 minutes gone when, after Mr Friend had allowed play to continue when Titus Bramble felled the striker, the midfielder fired over the top. There was fury inside the Stadium of Light when the official then awarded the free-kick, which Suarez curled just wide. Substitute Ahmed Elmohamady saw a header and then a follow-up shot blocked from Jordan Henderson's 65th-minute corner, but the points were safe with 13 minutes when Suarez squeezed his way into the box and blasted past Mignolet from a seemingly impossible angle. A bad day for the Wearsiders took a further turn for the worse with 81 minutes gone when last man Mensah hauled Suarez down and was promptly shown a straight red card.

Form Guide

  • Sunderland
  • VS
  • Liverpool

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 02/02/2008

Top Scorers


  • A Gyan 9
  • D Welbeck 6
  • K Richardson 4
  • P Bardsley 2
  • N Onuoha 1
  • J Henderson 1


  • D Kuyt 5
  • RJ Meireles 5
  • S Gerrard 3
  • RR Maxi 3
  • S Kyrgiakos 2
  • G Johnson 2
  • D Ngog 2
  • J Cole 1
  • M Skrtel 1
  • L Suarez 1



    • Total goals 68
    • Goals per game 33
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 74
    • Goals per game 39
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins