Saturday September 25, 2010 Day 6 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 2 - 2 Sunderland

  • Kuyt 6’
  • Gerrard 64’
  • Bent 25’ (pen.), 48’

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  1. Liverpool battle for Sunderland draw

    Liverpool battle for Sunderland draw

    Under-fire Liverpool had to battle tooth and nail to win a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Sunderland at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Sunderland
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90'+8 There it is! All over at Anfield! And it ends 2-2! A cracking match that could have gone either way... hardly the result Liverpool wanted prior to kick-off, but they'll take a point considering they played poorly and were 2-1 down at one stage.
    • 90'+7 Bolo Zenden comes on for Sunderland...
    • 90'+6 The Liverpool pressure is incessant! Agger! No! His flick header goes wide!
    • 90'+5 Oooh! So close to a late winner for Agger! He slides in two yards out to meet a head back across the face of goal but somehow it goes over the bar!
    • 90'+3 Liverpool on the attack again... Agger moves towards the Sunderland penalty area but his progress is stopped...
    • 90'+2 Mignolet is carded as Sunderland look for ways to waste time...
    • 90' Six minutes of added time to be played! Six!
    • 89' Here comes a change for Sunderland... Malbranque off, Riveros on.
    • 88' NGOG! Oooh! He heads wide of the mark from Kuyt's near-post cross! Liverpool are getting closer, but time is running out!
    • 87' Oooh! Johnson cuts inside neatly before firing wide of the mark! Not too far away from the England defender!
    • 85' Liverpool are finishing the stronger of the two sides... at least that will give Roy Hodgson something to be pleased about.
    • 83' Henderson fires another poor free-kick in... he really shouldn't be taking them anymore after his performance today.
    • 82' It is almost 13 years since Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all lost a Premier League match on the same day – Chelsea losing 1-0 at Blackburn, Arsenal 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool 1-0 at home to Barnsley on November 22, 1997. (Infostrada)
    • 81' Sunderland make a change now... Welbeck is brought off and replaced by World Cup star Gyan.
    • 80' Cattermole hares off on a forward run for Sunderland now... but a combination of Gerrard and Carragher snuff out the danger...
    • 79' Kuyt goes for goal with a decent try from distance! into the side netting with Mignolet at full stretch!
    • 77' All of a sudden, it's Liverpool in the ascendency! And it's the hosts who look the more likely to grab a winner now!
    • 76' Oooh! Ngog fires goalwards! Parried by Mignolet! But only as far as Cole! Well blocked! It comes back in soon enough... Torres! No! He doesn't catch it well and Mignolet gratefully claims!
    • 75' Welbeck, who has been in the wars a bit today, gets back to his feet and is ready to continue.
    • 74' Referee Attwell opts to book Gerrard - no red.
    • 73' Gerrard goes in on Welbeck, apparently with a leading arm... Sunderland players aren't happy about that one at all...
    • 71' Sunderland have lost only one of their opening five league matches this season – their equal-fewest defeats at this stage of a PL season, level with both the record in 1996-97 and 2001-02.
    • 70' Here comes Carragher, back from the dressing rooms after having had a few stitches following that clash with Skrtel. No headband for the Scouser though.
    • 69' Malbranque dives in a little and is penalised with a free-kick to Liverpool.
    • 67' Steve Bruce is going nuts on the sidelines... he feels Skrtel should be off the pitch while he gets patched up...
    • 66' Skrtel's got a cut to his eye here after a clash of heads with Carragher.. and there'll be a break in play whilst he receives some treatment. He emerges with a Terry Butcher-style bandage...
    • 65' Torres did well to get past him man on the wing there and his ball in was a fine one... Turner's touch didn't really change the direction of the ball too much and it was a pinpoint header by Gerrard! How many times does he bale Liverpool out?
    • 64' GOAL! LIVERPOOL PULL BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! Gerrard heads home after Torres's cross is deflected off Turner to him!
    • 64' Cole gets a rare sight of goal after a deflection falls kindly to him on the edge of the box... he turns sweetly, but his shot is sliced and goes well wide.
    • 63' Henderson attempts an audacious lob from 35 yards... but it's over the bar and Reina's isn't troubled.
    • 62' It's time for Roy Hodgson to make a change now... off goes Poulsen and on comes Ngog. Midfielder for striker... there's nothing left for it...
    • 61' Malbranque breaks clear now and let fly! Wide of the mark this time!
    • 60' And now Kuyt goes into the book for a hack on Bramble... Liverpool are losing their cool a little bit now.
    • 59' The first yellow card of the game is shown to a frustrated Fernando Torres for an ugly challenge on Onuoha.
    • 57' Bent has now scored eight Premier League goals against Big Four opposition since the start of last season. That's the definition of a big game player.
    • 56' Liverpool are just enjoying a rare period of possession now...
    • 55' Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 27 Premier League home matches that have been level at half time – since a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in March 2007. (Infostrada)
    • 54' The truth is that Sunderland are playing really well today... they're passing Liverpool off the park at the moment, and fully deserve their lead.
    • 53' Cattermole! Oooh! He catches it well from distance, but it's wide of the mark!
    • 52' Welbeck is back up and running...
    • 51' Welbeck now goes down - and stays there. He looks in some pain after that challenge by Carragher, but he'll be okay to continue...
    • 50' Torres goes down again under a challenge from Bramble... the Sunderland defender gets some studs in his leg for his trouble... no card.
    • 49' It just gets worse for Liverpool... they're going to have to dig deep to get something from his one now...
    • 48' GOAL! SUNDERLAND TAKE THE LEAD! Darren Bent at the double! It's a great diving header from the Black Cats marksman to fire home from Onuoha's excellent cross! 2-1 Sunderland lead!
    • 47' Welbeck looks for a penalty as he knocks the ball past Reina before being poleaxed by the Reds keeper! Referee Attwell isn't going to give this one though!
    • 46' No changes to tell you about at the break...
    • 46' Back under way at Anfield!
    • 45'+2 A lenghty passage of passing play for Sunderland brings about the end of the first half.... Turner remonstrates with the referee, no doubt claiming that his 'back pass' was nothing of the sort and that he was merely playing the ball back for his keeper to take the free-kick... it's too late for that though and the sides go in locked at 1-1 at the break.
    • 45'+1 Skrtel plays a wild pass out of play... it's just not happening for Liverpool at the moment.
    • 45' Elmohamady trys his luck from distance... but he has no luck at all and the ball bounces tamely wide.
    • 44' Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 43' From a decent position with the ball at Joe Cole's feet, Liverpool are forced all the way back to Reina... no invention at all...
    • 42' Oh no... Torres is walking gingerly following a clash with Bramble... surely not more injury woe for the Spaniard?
    • 41' Henderson clips the ball over to Malbranque, but he can't quite keep it in play.
    • 40' Even though most of the action has been in the Liverpool half, the latest stas tell us that the hosts have now had 46 per cent of possession.
    • 39' Rafa Benitez's reign at Anfield may well be over, but the Spanish tourist board is still advertsing with 'Visit Spain' being beamed all around the ground....
    • 38' Liverpool have had a total of 50 Premier League shots at goal this season – only Wolves (42), Blackpool (43) and Blackburn (48) have had fewer in the division.
    • 37' Sunderland work a crossing opportunity for Malbranque, but the Frenchman lets his side down with a poor final ball in... it's all Sunderland at the moment! They're just lacking that decisive pass...
    • 36' Oh dear, yet another poor free-kick from Henderson... it goes to no one in particular and bounces out for a goal kick.
    • 35' Poulsen is penalised for a foul on Cattermole... the Dane doesn't like it, but Sunderland have another free-kick...
    • 34' Raul Meireles clips a lovely cross into the Sunderland box but Bramble is there to head clear for the Black Cats.
    • 33' Bent looks for Welbeck with a cute little pass but it pings off the youngster's shin and out for a goal kick.
    • 32' That was Bent's third penalty of the season. No other Premier League player has scored more than one. (Infostrada)
    • 31' But Henderson's free-kick is awful - high over Reina's bar.
    • 30' Carragher nudges Bent in the back and Sunderland have another free-kick. Liverpool are on the ropes a bit at the moment.
    • 29' Henderson takes it to the near post... Elmohamady is there but his volley is high and wide.
    • 28' That's all for Konchesky for today... he hobbles off and Dan Agger comes on. His first action will be to defend the corner.
    • 27' Konchesky concedes a corner with a sliding tackle and stays down! He looks in trouble here...
    • 26' Game on! What can Sunderland do now? They're in the ascendency now! And to be honest, they deserved that equaliser.
    • 25' GOAL! BENT FIRES HOME! And Sunderland are back on level terms! Reina nearly gets there, but the shot has too much power on it and it squeezes under his body!
    • 24' PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND! Hand ball against Poulsen as Elmohamady's chipped cross strikes his arm!
    • 23' Reina again in trouble under pressure from Welbeck as he tries to clear... he does eventually...
    • 22' What a run by Skrtel... he brings the bal from deep inside his own half all the way to the edge of the Sunderland penalty box! But his final shot does not match the run, and he drags the ball well wide.
    • 21' Raul Meireles lets fly with a first-time effort from Kuyt's square pass... straight at Mignolet and easy for the Belgian to take.
    • 20' Another poor pass by Gerrard... it's way behind Johnson who has to retreat back into his own half to retrieve it.
    • 19' Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has won only one of his five career Premier League matches against Sunderland – Fulham’s 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage in December 2009.
    • 18' Gerrard now makes a hash of a header back to Reina..... it's straight to Bent! But Reina is off his line quickly to lunge at Bent's feet and win the ball!
    • 18' Torres goes down in a heap in the box under Turner's challenge as he looks to get on the end of a long ball forward from Johnson... Penalty scream the Kop... play on says referee Attwell.
    • 17' Sunderland have had 60 per cent of the possession so far... Liverpool have been the more decisive though.
    • 16' Cole now shows some invention on the Liverpool left... but he's stopped in his tracks soon enough.
    • 15' Oooh! What a volley from Turner, looking to make amends... it's an instinctive first-time effort, but it goes over the bar!
    • 14' Reader yvonne.griffiths70 says: "we've got revenge on the beachball with a michael turner".... could well be karma...
    • 13' It goes short... but Henderson can't get it across the when it eventually does, it's over everyone's heads and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 12' Malbranque jinks this way and that before winning a corner for the visitors! First of the day for them!
    • 11' That was Kuyt's first Premier League goal in seven months. His last six have all come at Anfield.
    • 10' But here they come now... Bramble plays it forward looking for Welbeck... but it's overhit and the ball runs out of play.
    • 9' Sunderland have it all to do now... they've barely had a chance to venture into Liverpool's half yet..
    • 8' It is 11 month since Liverpool last lost back-to-back PL matches – 2-0 at Chelsea and 1-0 at today’s opponents Sunderland in October 2009.
    • 7' Well, what a start for Liverpool... that was just what they needed to settle any nerves that may have been present.... and credit Torres for his quick thinking and unselfishness...
    • 6' Bizarre is the only way to describe that goal... what was Turner thinking of... he tries to claim that he was roling the ball back for his keeper to take the free-kick, but after consulting with his linesman, referee Atwell awards the goal!
    • 5' GOAL! LIVERPOOL TAKE THE LEAD! It's Kuyt who slots into an empty net! It's an absolute shocker from Michael Turner! He takes a free-kick back to his keeper with a back heel... only he's no good at that kind of fancy stuff and the ball rolls tamely towards Mignoley... Torres takes full advantage, haring onto the ball before playing it square to Kuyt who slots home!
    • 3' Fernando Torres has scored four goals in four Premier League matches against Sunderland, and netted twice in this fixture last season - a 3-0 victory at Anfield on March 28.
    • 3' Oooh! Chance for Torres! He controls a deep ball into the box on his chest before lashing a volley goalwards...into the back of the net but disallowed for offside!
    • 1' Here we go! Under way at a sunny Anfield!
    • 14:55 Liverpool’s starting line-up has an average age of 28 years and 263 days – their fourth-oldest ever in the division, and oldest in over four years. (Infostrada)
    • 14:55 Darren Bent has scored three goals from four shots on target this season – a 75 per cent scoring rate – higher than any other player this season (who has scored more than two goals).
    • 14:50 Sunderland have not won in their last 11 top flight to Anfield, losing the last four, since a 1-0 victory in old Division One in October 1983.
    • 14:45 Liverpool have won seven of their last eight Premier League matches against Sunderland. Their only defeat since 2002 was 1-0 at the Stadium of Light last season in October 2009 - Darren Bent scored the only goal of the game - in off a beach ball.
    • 14:40 For Sunderland, on-bail Titus Bramble plays, despite being arrested during the week. Steve Bruce makes three changes with captain Lee Cattermole (suspension), Phil Bardsley and Michael Turner all returning to action. Anton Ferdinand and Kieran Richardson (both injured) and Cristian Riveros miss out.
    • 14:35 So, Dirk Kuyt returns from his shoulder injury a little earlier than expected to take his place in the starting line-up ahead of Maxi Rodriguez.
    • 14:30 Liverpool head into today's game in 16th place, already 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Today's opponents Sunderland are in 11th, just a point ahead.
    • 14:25 Paul Parker thinks that Sunderland could take full advantage of Liverpool's current woes today and maybe even get a win at Anfield. Parker: Sunderland can add to Hodgson's woes
    • 14:20 The teams are in.... LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Poulsen, Gerrard, Kuyt, Meireles, Cole, Torres. Subs: Jones, Agger, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, Lucas, Ngog /// SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Welbeck, Bent. Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Da Silva, Riveros, Reid, Colback, Gyan
    • 14:15 Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson may only have been brought in over the summer, but already he finds himself in the firing line, if you believe some reports in the papers over the past few days since that penalty shootout defeat on Wednesday. Hodgson looking for response
    • 14:15 Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield as the underfire club look to bounce back from their midweek Carling Cup debacle against League Two side Northampton.
  • Summary

    • 90'+6 The Liverpool pressure is incessant! Agger! No! His flick header goes wide!
    • 90'+5 Oooh! So close to a late winner for Agger! He slides in two yards out to meet a head back across the face of goal but somehow it goes over the bar!
    • 88' NGOG! Oooh! He heads wide of the mark from Kuyt's near-post cross! Liverpool are getting closer, but time is running out!
    • 87' Oooh! Johnson cuts inside neatly before firing wide of the mark! Not too far away from the England defender!
    • 76' Oooh! Ngog fires goalwards! Parried by Mignolet! But only as far as Cole! Well blocked! It comes back in soon enough... Torres! No! He doesn't catch it well and Mignolet gratefully claims!
    • 64' GOAL! LIVERPOOL PULL BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! Gerrard heads home after Torres's cross is deflected off Turner to him!
    • 48' GOAL! SUNDERLAND TAKE THE LEAD! Darren Bent at the double! It's a great diving header from the Black Cats marksman to fire home from Onuoha's excellent cross! 2-1 Sunderland lead!
    • 25' GOAL! BENT FIRES HOME! And Sunderland are back on level terms! Reina nearly gets there, but the shot has too much power on it and it squeezes under his body!
    • 24' PENALTY TO SUNDERLAND! Hand ball against Poulsen as Elmohamady's chipped cross strikes his arm!
    • 18' Gerrard now makes a hash of a header back to Reina..... it's straight to Bent! But Reina is off his line quickly to lunge at Bent's feet and win the ball!
    • 5' GOAL! LIVERPOOL TAKE THE LEAD! It's Kuyt who slots into an empty net! It's an absolute shocker from Michael Turner! He takes a free-kick back to his keeper with a back heel... only he's no good at that kind of fancy stuff and the ball rolls tamely towards Mignoley... Torres takes full advantage, haring onto the ball before playing it square to Kuyt who slots home!
    • 3' Oooh! Chance for Torres! He controls a deep ball into the box on his chest before lashing a volley goalwards...into the back of the net but disallowed for offside!
    • 14:20 The teams are in.... LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Poulsen, Gerrard, Kuyt, Meireles, Cole, Torres. Subs: Jones, Agger, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, Lucas, Ngog /// SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Elmohamady, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Welbeck, Bent. Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Da Silva, Riveros, Reid, Colback, Gyan

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • G. Johnson
      • J. Carragher
      • M. &#352krtel
      • P. Konchesky Substitution Out (28′)
      • S. Gerrard Goal Yellow Card
      • C. Poulsen Substitution Out (62′)
      • D. Kuyt Goal Yellow Card
      • Raul Meireles
      • J. Cole
      • F. Torres Yellow Card

      Subs

      • B. Jones
      • M. Rodríguez
      • D. Agger Substitution In28′
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In62′
      • M. Jovanovic
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • Lucas
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Mignolet Yellow Card
      • N. Onuoha
      • T. Bramble
      • M. Turner
      • P. Bardsley
      • J. Henderson
      • L. Cattermole
      • A. Al-Muhamadi
      • S. Malbranque Substitution Out (89′)
      • D. Welbeck Substitution Out (82′)
      • D. Bent Goals×2 Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • A. Reid
      • C. Gordon
      • A. Gyan Substitution In82′
      • C. Riveros Substitution In89′
      • J. Colback
      • P. da Silva
      • B. Zenden Substitution In90′
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