Liverpool vs. Sunderland: 6 Things We Learned

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Liverpool vs. Sunderland: 6 Things We Learned
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Liverpool earned a victory quite unlike most of the others they've managed this season as they dug in to beat Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard's fine free-kick settled nerves and gave the hosts the lead in the 38th minute, with the goal coming after Gus Poyet's side had managed to repel the early onslaught that Liverpool have produced in so many home matches this season.

A deflected effort from Daniel Sturridge doubled the advantage and gave the forward his 20th league goal of the season early in the second period, but from there Sunderland refused to go away.

Lee Cattermole hit the crossbar, before Ki Sung-Yueng halved the deficit and then John O'Shea came close to levelling the score only for his late header to pass wide of the post.

The Reds held on, though, and here are six lessons learned from a tense night.

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