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The referee brings the game to a close.
Corner taken by Emanuele Giaccherini from the left by-line.
Clearance by Jordan Henderson.
Clearance by Kolo Toure.
Clearance by Raheem Sterling.
Luis Suarez grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Daniel Sturridge.
Clearance by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson.
Jozy Altidore is caught offside.
Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Luis Suarez.
Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Raheem Sterling fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick.
Charis Mavrias joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.
Unfair challenge on Mamadou Sakho by Jozy Altidore results in a free kick.
Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.
Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emanuele Giaccherini.
The ball is sent over by Ondrej Celustka.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raheem Sterling by Jack Colback.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line.
Kolo Toure has an effort at goal. Keiren Westwood parries the effort to safety.
Jack Colback makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Handball decision goes against Jozy Altidore.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Raheem Sterling coming on for Victor Moses.
Ondrej Celustka comes on in place of Lee Cattermole.
Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.
Steven Gerrard takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Lee Cattermole restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Jozy Altidore.
Emanuele Giaccherini delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Luis Suarez from the left by-line.
Free kick crossed by Luis Suarez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Jack Colback.
Clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
Victor Moses concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cattermole.
Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the effort to safety.
Clearance by Craig Gardner.
Emanuele Giaccherini goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Emanuele Giaccherini results in a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez.
John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.
Emanuele Giaccherini scores with a left foot finish. Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool.
Sung-Yeung Ki takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet fumbles the ball.
Adam Johnson takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
Jack Colback crosses the ball.
Jozy Altidore manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal. John O'Shea gets a block in.
Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Craig Gardner.
The match restarts for the second half.
It is the end of the first-half.
Clearance by Jack Colback.
Clearance made by Mamadou Sakho.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball but the danger is not over.
The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson.
Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Mamadou Sakho is penalised for a handball.
Luis Suarez scores with a right foot finish. Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool.Assist by Daniel Sturridge.
Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
Sebastian Larsson has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mamadou Sakho.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.
The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson.
Header at goal by John O'Shea misses to the right.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard. Daniel Sturridge heads the ball into the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool.Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
Craig Gardner makes a clearance.
Shot by Victor Moses went over the crossbar.
Shot by Jozy Altidore. Mamadou Sakho gets a block in.
Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick and hits the bar.
Leiva Lucas concedes a free kick for a foul on Emanuele Giaccherini.
Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Lee Cattermole.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.
Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Craig Gardner takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Jack Colback.
Adam Johnson takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Steven Gerrard has an effort direct from the free kick. Keiren Westwood fumbles the ball.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball.
Centre by Jozy Altidore.
Free kick crossed by Adam Johnson.
Clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The ball is delivered by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jack Colback.
Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
The referee starts the match.
Ball focused on task in hand
Sunderland interim head coach Kevin Ball would rather not have landed his dream job in the way he has.
The 48-year-old may not remain in the post for much longer than the club's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday, with owner Ellis Short engaged in the process of identifying a successor to the sacked Paolo Di Canio.
Ball would dearly love to be that man, but in the shorter term, he will concentrate on the task of preparing the team for as long as it takes to appoint a replacement, just as he did back in 2006 after taking over the reins on a caretaker basis from Mick McCarthy.
Asked what it meant to him to be in charge of the club for which he played with such distinction, the Black Cats' senior professional development coach said: "It's funny.
"The situation the last time and the situation this time - in an ideal world, you wouldn't want either of them to have happened.
"You would want the role, but in a different situation and different circumstances.
"How did I feel when I took the training? Fine, because I am currently doing a very similar thing with another group of players who are not very much younger than some of these.
"The day-to-day stuff, we are already doing, so it dovetails quite nicely with that.
"Speaking to the media, it's not like I haven't done it before. It's not something that I couldn't do and I thoroughly enjoy doing it."
Ball was thrown in at the deep end when he was asked to take training on Monday morning and, along with academy assistant Robbie Stockdale, select and prepare the team for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup third-round tie against Peterborough.
He freely admits his week has been hectic ever since, but it is one he has thoroughly enjoyed.
"It is a busy week, but you do enjoy it," Ball said. "There are always going to be bits you think are a pain in the backside, but that's life, isn't it?
"But you try to enjoy it. I enjoy my football anyway, I enjoy my coaching, I enjoy doing what I do in terms of the (under-) 21s, so it's not an illogical step.
"It's not like I have come from the wilderness and, all of a sudden, someone has brought me back in. I am doing a job very similar to that anyhow, so it wasn't such a massive transition."
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will be sidelined for up to six weeks with the shoulder injury he suffered at West Brom last weekend.
Defender John O'Shea, who came off with a niggle during Tuesday night's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough, is expected to be fit and midfielder Lee Cattermole could also figure after coming through that game unscathed, while full-back Phil Bardsley is close to returning from a broken bone in his foot.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is not worried about his side's second-half form this season.
The Reds have not scored after half-time in the Barclays Premier League since May 12 at Fulham, and that has contributed to them dropping four points in their last two matches - against Swansea and Southampton.
And, while Rodgers cannot explain why they have not scored any later than the 37th minute, he is not reading anything into the statistic.
"It is well documented we haven't scored a goal (in the second half) and sometimes that trend surprises you when you hear that," he said.
"Probably in some of the games in the second half we have sat a bit deeper and have seen out the results, but Swansea we didn't.
"It doesn't concern me. It is something we will work on.
"As the game (the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United) went on the other night, I thought we were going to get that goal, but I can't say I'm overly concerned."
Liverpool now face Sunderland, a team rebounding from the sacking of Di Canio, at the Stadium of Light.
"There is an upturn you normally find when a manager comes in," he said.
"It is unfortunate Paolo lost his job. They had a victory in the week and obviously Kevin Ball will go into the game looking for the players to put on a performance again.
"We know the capabilities of Sunderland and I am sure they will come out fighting for a result.
"For us, in order to continue climbing, we are determined to go and win."
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is set to return for the trip after being left out of the midweek against Manchester United because of a side strain.
Rodgers has to decide whether to continue with the three centre-halves he fielded at Old Trafford as right-back Glen Johnson (ankle) is still out injured.
Midfielder Joe Allen (hamstring) is absent while Philippe Coutinho is still recovering from a shoulder operation.
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