Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland: Two More for Suarez in Reds Easy Win
Live Premier League commentary
Raheem Sterling (LIV) 19', Luis Suarez (LIV) 25', Luis Suarez (LIV) 52'.
Liverpool: Reina; Wisdom, Skrtel (Carragher), Agger, G. Johnson; Lucas, Henderson (Suso), Gerrard; Downing, Suarez, Sterling (Allen).
Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose (Vaughan); Larsson (McFadden), Colback; A. Johnson, Sessegnon (Campbell), McClean; Fletcher.
Full time at Anfield:
Liverpool 3 (Sterling, Suarez 2)
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Full time at Anfield
Liverpool 3 Sunderland 0
Raheem Sterling got the ball rolling with a lovely lobbed shot over Simon Mignolet in the first half after Luis Suarez's reverse pass, before Suarez himself made it two with a fine solo effort. A brilliant piece vision and execution from captain Steven Gerrard put the third goal on a plate for Suarez.
Liverpool were the better side from start to finish here at Anfield and record their sixth win in eight in all competitions, and move up to eighth place in the Premier League in the process.
Sunderland were woeful—too open at the back, no pressure in midfield and a mixture of isolated (Fletcher) and ineffectual (McClean, Johnson) in attack.
A second 3-0 win in a row for the Reds and plenty for Brendan Rodgers to be pleased with.
90+1'—Final seconds of the game. Suarez still chasing his hat-trick but mis-controls outside the box. Suso has a shot which is deflected behind for a corner and the last action of the game.
90+1'—Sunderland fans chant "We're gonna win 4-3." Not sure they've had four shots on target yet.
Two minutes added time to be played.
89'—Into the final minute of the game. Sunderland just wanting the final whistle now, which won't be far away. A good start to the new year for Brendan Rodgers and his men; three points, three goals and one brand new signing.
86'—Liverpool have the ball in the net once more and this time it's Joe Allen—but for a second time the assistant has ruled it out for offside on the far side. Lovely flowing football but in fairness it's the correct decision.
Quick update on those other two games for you—with five minutes left, QPR are beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Everton lead Newcastle 2-1 at St. James' Park. Still 20 minutes left there.
84'—CLOSE AGAIN! Johnson skins Gardner down the left and crosses into the six yard box where Allen is waiting—but he steers his shot into the side netting. Liverpool certainly deserve a fourth here.
83'—Gerrard is next to try his luck on the volley after a block fell his way, but the effort is high to start with and keeps rising.
82'—Carragher holds off the attentions of McClean and then helps the ball cleared behind off Fletcher for a goal kick. Back come the Reds looking for a fourth, amid cries of "keep the ball" from the touchline.
79'—Gerrard and Johnson surprise Sunderland with a quickly-taken free kick and the full-back whips in his shot but just misses the near post with Mignolet struggling to get down.
78'—Sunderland have been pretty non-existent as an attacking force today. Adam Johnson, over on the left now, whips over a cross but it's a good 15 yards ahead of the nearest attacker. Liverpool have slowed the pace a little now, content with the big lead they have built up, but still look to pass through the opposition when they can without committing as many players forward.
75'—One more goal for Liverpool will equal the biggest win of the season for the Reds, which was 4-0 at home to Fulham last month.
15 - Luis Suarez now has 15 PL goals in 2012-13, the highest total by a Liverpool in a single season since Torres scored 18 in 09-10. Update— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2013
Zarate's agent(who contacted Liverpool,Atletico,Malaga):"We are in war vs Lazio.No team is interested cause Lazio ask too much"— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 2, 2013
This is like watching Liverpool of old. 3-0 up, playing some great football. Looking confident and comfortable. Long may it continue.— ☆ Kitster29™☆(@kitster29LFC) January 2, 2013
74'—Glen Johnson has the ball in the Sunderland net but is ruled out for a very marginal offside decision. Still 3-0.
72'—Sunderland sub: Danny Rose replaced by David Vaughan.
Liverpool sub: Martin Skrtel replaced by Jamie Carragher.
Carragher becomes the second-highest ever in terms of making league appearances for Liverpool.
71'—Only some last-ditch defending is now preventing Liverpool really racking up a big score. Suso feeds Downing on the left, his cut-back is half-cleared to Allen and the midfielder, looking for his first Reds goal, sees his shot deflected over.
69'—So close to a third for Suarez. He races onto another fine through-pass and is one-on-one but Mignolet makes a really good block with his legs with Kilgallon on the stretch too. Fine reverse ball from Allen that time.
67'—The Reds have taken some of the tempo out of the game since their third goal but are still a class above their opposition on the ball and look like they could cut them open at will. Suarez tries his luck from range but Mignolet makes an easy save. The Liverpool No. 7 is looking for his first ever Anfield hat-trick.
65'—GREAT SAVE! Nearly a fourth for Liverpool after Downing's cross is met by a Gerrard volley; his shot hits Johnson almost by accident on the head and Mignolet pulls off a great reaction save to tip the diverted ball over the crossbar.
Liverpool sub: Jordan Henderson replaced by Suso. A great reception for the player leaving the field, who has had a terrific match.
65'—Plenty of good support from both sets of supporters as "Justice for the 96" rings around the ground.
64'—Liverpool have had 68 percent possession in the match according to EA Sports who provide the in-game data for the Premier League. The Reds will be pleased they've had the goals to match the passing today.
63'—Joe Allen is the midfielder who is pushed up highest for Liverpool now, with Henderson playing a little wider. Most of the right flank is free for Andre Wisdom to press into though, with Downing maintaining more width on the opposite flank.
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