Liverpool suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland in the Premier League after they never really got started in what was a poor spectacle of a game. There were several reasons why the Reds failed to show their best form.
Kenny Dalglish pulled a couple of surprises in his team selection prior to kick off with the news that Jamie Carragher was left out of the side, presumably with the midweek Merseyside derby in mind, while the fit-again Steven Gerrard was left on the bench alongside him.
The Reds had the greater number of shots in the game for long spells, but none were clear-cut chances of the variety which they have spurned all season. The Sunderland defeat was of a different making altogether.
Here are five reasons why Liverpool suffered their third Premier League defeat in a row.