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Sanchez Jose Enrique concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Jack Colback gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Andy Carroll results in a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Martin Skrtel. The referee cautions Martin Skrtel for unsporting behaviour. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Connor Wickham coming on for Nicklas Bendtner. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Vaughan from right wing.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Stewart Downing comes on in place of Jordan Henderson.
Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Fraizer Campbell goes off and David Vaughan comes on. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Steven Gerrard coming on for Craig Bellamy. Andy Carroll is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Adam. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Foul by Craig Gardner on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Michael Turner. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing.
Charlie Adam fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Luis Suarez goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Martin Skrtel. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Nicklas Bendtner finds the net with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool.Fraizer Campbell provided the assist for the goal.
Fraizer Campbell takes a shot from just outside the area and strikes the post.
Jay Spearing challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Long range shot by James McClean goes wide right of the goal.
Long distance shot from Jack Colback misses to the left of the goal.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Turner. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Direct free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Dirk Kuyt. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Wayne Bridge. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
James McClean challenges Martin Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions James McClean for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Sebastian Larsson takes the outswinging corner, Sebastian Coates manages to make a clearance.
Craig Bellamy challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Shot by Charlie Adam from just outside the area goes over the net.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.
Foul by Jack Colback on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Jack Colback challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy by Phillip Bardsley. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Charlie Adam takes a corner.
Sanchez Jose Enrique concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
Fraizer Campbell is ruled offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Michael Turner on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Jay Spearing. Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Sebastian Coates.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McClean by Charlie Adam. A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Headed effort from inside the box by John O'Shea misses to the right of the target.
Charlie Adam is penalised for a handball. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.
Charlie Adam fouled by Fraizer Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Banned pair sidelined for Black Cats
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will be without suspended duo Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon for the Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Midfielder Cattermole starts a four-match ban after being sent off at the end of last Sunday's 1-1 derby draw at Newcastle during which Sessegnon, who will sit out three games, was red-carded for elbowing Cheick Tiote.
Full-back Kieran Richardson is a major doubt with a calf problem and loan signing Wayne Bridge is standing by, although John O'Shea is expected to play with a protective cast over a broken bone in his hand and fellow central defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos (heel) could return to contention, but Keiren Westwood (wrist) is still out.
The Black Cats welcome the Carling Cup winners to the Stadium of Light looking for a first win in four league games and having taken just a single point from the last nine on offer.
O'Neill will go head-to-head with another Celtic old boy, Kenny Dalglish, a manager he holds in high regard.
He said: "Kenny Dalglish has been a wonderful footballer for a start, and an excellent manager, and his spells at Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers have proved that.
"He is back again and not long involved in the job, and has got a trophy in the Liverpool cabinet, so from that viewpoint, I have got nothing but admiration for him."
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and defender Glen Johnson are set to return to the squad.
Gerrard sustained a minor hamstring problem on England duty, while Johnson pulled out before the friendly against Holland, and both missed last weekend's home defeat by Arsenal.
Daniel Agger is still out with a cracked rib so Jamie Carragher will continue in central defence.
Dalglish recognises the impact O'Neill has had, even if they have taken only a point from their last three matches, without the need for drastic changes to his squad.
"It was a surprise to see Steve Bruce get the sack but obviously results were not impressive and it puts everyone under pressure," said the Reds boss.
"They have had a great turnaround. There are not that many players who have come in to change it so obviously they are playing with greater commitment and are playing much better now.
"The results give them confidence and belief which they didn't have beforehand.
"They've done very well since he went in there and made themselves very difficult to beat.
"It is going to be a difficult task for us but I've never been up there and it has been easy so it won't be much change for us."
Bendtner bags victory for Black Cats
Nicklas Bendtner's second goal in a week secured a 1-0 victory for Sunderland over Liverpool as Jose Reina endured another miserable afternoon on Wearside.
The Denmark international pounced from close range with 56 minutes gone to fire the home side ahead after strike-partner Fraizer Campbell's shot had twice hit the woodwork with the Spaniard unable to do anything about it.
Reina was the goalkeeper beaten by Darren Bent's infamous beachball goal at the Stadium of Light, and could be forgiven for not counting the venue among his favourites in England.
Bendtner's strike ended the Black Cats' three-game winless Barclays Premier League run and in the process dealt a further blow to the Reds' hopes of dragging themselves into a Champions League spot - they trail sixth-placed Newcastle by five points with 11 games remaining.
After all the drama of last weekend's derby trip to the Sports Direct Arena, it was perhaps inevitable that the game would not live up to one which has occupied the minds of the Wearside faithful ever since.
In the event, the opening 45 minutes was tepid by comparison, and although there was no lack of effort or endeavour, neither side was able to create clear-cut opportunities.
Encouraged by an uncertain display by Liverpool central defender Sebastian Coates, Bendtner - whose penalty almost claimed the derby headlines, caused problems throughout the first half - although was never really able to test Reina.
At the other end, Newcastle old boy Craig Bellamy and striker Luis Suarez were lively, but again, Simon Mignolet's anxious moments were few and far between.
It was Black Cats defender John O'Shea, playing with a lightweight cast protecting a broken bone in his hand, who almost opened the scoring with nine minutes gone when he glanced a header just high and wide from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick.
Bendtner failed to trouble Reina unduly two minutes later after Campbell had headed down Larsson's corner to him, and the Dane saw his low cross elude all the red and white shirts in the middle seconds later.
But as the half wore on, the visitors started to make to make an impression, and Wayne Bridge - making his first start for Sunderland - managed to do just enough to put off Suarez as he stooped to meet Charlie Adam's corner just two yards out.
Adam himself blazed a 32nd-minute high over after running on the ball on the edge of the penalty area seconds after Dirk Kuyt had seen a flicked header easily saved by Mignolet.
Craig Gardner failed to hit the target from distance six minutes before the break after being set up neatly by Bendtner, but it was Mignolet who proved the busier of the two keepers as the half drew to a close.
The Belgium international almost misjudged Adam's 43rd-minute free-kick, but eventually managed to tip it over the bar at full-stretch, and he produced a vital block after Suarez got in and shot from a tight angle in injury time.
Sunderland returned in determined mood and went close with 50 minutes gone when in his eagerness to get to James McClean's driven cross ahead of Campbell, Martin Skrtel only succeeded in prompting his own keeper to make a smart save.
The home side took the lead in bizarre fashion, after Campbell picked up possession 25 yards out and cut inside Skrtel before sending a skidding shot towards goal.
The England international was unfortunate to see his effort come back off the foot of the post after beating Reina, but the ball hit the keeper on the back and bounced on to the woodwork for a second time to allow Bendtner to fire home from close range.
Liverpool's response saw Adam shoot wide from 20 yards with 65 minutes gone, and as the travelling fans starting to plead with manager Kenny Dalglish to introduce Steven Gerrard from the bench, the Scot obliged as he and Andy Carroll replaced Bellamy and Adam with 21 minutes remaining.
The pair combined to good effect within two minutes when Carroll headed down for Gerrard, but the midfielder's shot was claimed easily by Mignolet.
For all the visitors' efforts, Sunderland managed to negotiate the final few minutes with few scares, although the sight of Bendtner leaving the field on a stretcher after a clash with Skrtel would have tempered manager Martin O'Neill's joy.
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