Wednesday January 2, 2013 Day 21 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 3 - 0 Sunderland

  • Sterling 19’
  • Suarez 26’, 52’

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  1. Premier League - Suarez double downs Sunderland

    Premier League - Suarez double downs Sunderland

    Luis Suarez scored twice to send Liverpool eighth in the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Sunderland at Anfield. More

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    • 90+2' FULL TIME: Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+1' Agger and Skrtel have had a very quiet night for Liverpool. This win will take Liverpool eighth above Swansea and Stoke.
    • 90' There will be two additional minutes as Allen is tackled.
    • 89' This has been a fine Liverpool performance. And with Sturridge to come, things are looking bright.
    • 88' Suarez still running after everything. Not long left to get that hat-trick though...
    • 87' This time Suarez is flagged just offside. He is furious but it’s the correct decision.
    • 86' Still Allen waits for his first Liverpool goal.
    • 85' Allen has the ball in the net but Downing is just offside!
    • 84' Johnson picks out Allen but he sidefoots just wide. Close to his first Liverpool goal.
    • 83' Suarez looks for the hat-trick but his shot is blocked by Cuellar in the box. Gerrard lets fly over the bar.
    • 82' It nearly breaks to Fletcher in the box but Agger clears the danger.
    • 81' Into the final ten minutes now and Sunderland looking very tired. Lucas fouls McClean.
    • 79' Shot by Johnson from outside the box just wide of Mignolet’s post. The keeper had it covered.
    • 78' Gerrard streams forward again but Campbell tackles him.
    • 77' Adam Johnson’s cross out for a Liverpool goal kick.
    • 76' POSSESSION: Liverpool 66% - 44% Sunderland
    • 75' McClean picks Allen’s pocked but Lucas covers across well.
    • 74' Johnson has the ball in the net but he’s flagged just offside. That was mighty close.
    • 73' Liverpool sub: Carragher on for Agger.
    • 73' Sunderland sub: Vaughan on for Rose.
    • 72' Cross from Suso headed clear by McFadden.
    • 71' Sunderland look tired and ragged now. Allen’s shot is deflected just over the bar by Danny Rose. Great block!
    • 70' If it wasn’t for Mignolet, Liverpool could easily have had five or six.
    • 69' Suarez is in again but he’s denied a hat-trick by Mignolet’s outstretched leg! Great ball from Allen.
    • 68' Liverpool passing Sunderland to death here. Another lovely crossfield ball from Gerrard.
    • 67' GOAL ATTEMPTS: Liverpool 19-6 Sunderland
    • 66' Liverpool sub: Suso on for Henderson.
    • 65' Good save from Mignolet as Gerrard’s shot deflects off Johnson. Good reflexes. Agger heads wide from the corner.
    • 64' A poor ball from Rose straight at Skrtel. Here come Liverpool again.
    • 63' Downing caught offside as the Liverpool fans applaud the last passage of play. Their passing and movement has been good tonight.
    • 62' Allen bears down on goal but he’s tackled by the last defender. Unusual to see him so far forward.
    • 61' Sunderland sub: McFadden on for Larsson.
    • 60' Suarez hits the free kick straight into the wall. Disappointing.
    • 59' Suarez tripped by McClean on the edge of the box and he is booked. Could get even worse soon.
    • 58' Johnson’s cross is routine for Reina. Liverpool break again through Downing who has had a decent game. Gerrard’s shot blocked by Colback.
    • 57' Sunderland win a first corner of the second half as Henderson switches to the right.
    • 56' Liverpool sub: Sterling off for Allen.
    • 55' Henderson can’t quite beat Kilgallon and Sunderland clear the latest threat.
    • 54' Downing floats in a corner but Campbell clears.
    • 53' Surely all over for Sunderland now. It could be a rout now.
    • 52' GOAL Liverpool! Suarez latches onto a superb Gerrard pass to slide the ball under Mignolet.
    • 51' Suarez on his way again but Gardner is across with a fine tackle.
    • 50' Fantastic pass from Suarez to play in Sterling. He hits it well wide with just Mignolet to beat.
    • 49' Wonderful crossfield pass from Skrtel and a great touch from Downing. Rose clears.
    • 48' Suarez shakes off Johnson but it’s out for a Sunderland goal kick.
    • 47' Great cross from Henderson well defended by Gardner.
    • 46' Fletcher looks to have dropped slightly deeper to accommodate Campbell.
    • 45' Sunderland sub: Campbell on for Sessegnon.
    • 45' We’re back underway here and you feel that Sunderland need an early goal in this half.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland
    • 45' Only one added minute here.
    • 44' Larsson plays it in but Reina claims easily. He sets away Sterling. Colback covers across well.
    • 43' Foul by Lucas on Larsson. Free kick to Sunderland. Still no cards.
    • 42' Skrtel’s header is out for a goal kick to Sunderland.
    • 41' Gerrard looks for Agger but Gardner heads clear. Corner.
    • 40' Sterling tripped by Rose on the edge of the box. Free kick in a dangerous area.
    • 38' Shot from Wisdom blocked on the edge of the box by McClean. Wrong option as Sessegnon’s ball is out for a throw.
    • 37' Sunderland pressing for a goal. Wisdom clears for a throw. Great turn from Suarez and Downing’s shot is deflected for a corner.
    • 36' Shot from Suarez but it’s scuffed and easy for Mignolet.
    • 35' Sunderland not out of this one. Two great chances now.
    • 34' Larsson takes but it’s straight into the Liverpool wall. Johnson lifts it to the fat post and Reina foils Kilgallon! Great chance.
    • 33' Skrtel fouls Fletcher. Free kick just outside the box. Good chance.
    • 32' Fletcher with the flick on but it’s straight into Reina’s arms. Shot from Henderson saved by Mignolet.
    • 31' Liverpool break again but Sterling is penalised for hand ball.
    • 30' Shot from Larsson straight at Reina. Liverpool break quickly but Sterling has his shot blocked.
    • 29' Gardner takes the free kick and it deflects off Lucas for a corner.
    • 28' After a fairly slow start, Liverpool threatening to run riot. Foul by Lucas on Sessegnon.
    • 27' Henderson crosses for Downing but Gardner just gets enough on it.
    • 26' That was a nightmare moment for Cuellar who dallied too long and allowed Suarez to rob him of the ball. Big ask for Sunderland now.
    • 25' GOAL Liverpool! And it’s that man Suarez again. He beats Cuellar and slots home his fourth goal in five games against Sunderland.
    • 24' Suarez beats Kilgallon but Cuellar is back well to clear his cross. Foul by Skrtel on Fletcher.
    • 23' Daniel Sturridge looks on from the stands. Lots of pace in the Liverpool ranks now. Bodes well for the rest of the season.
    • 22' What an opportunity for McClean to equalise! He’s played in by Fletcher but he fires it just wide. Should have scored.
    • 21' Henderson is back up and the play continues
    • 20' Cuellar challenges Henderson and the Liverpool man is down. Looked a fair challenge.
    • 19' That’s only Sterling’s second goal of the season. It was a lovely, composed finish.
    • 18' GOAL Liverpool! And it’s a cool finish from Sterling from Suarez’s brilliant pass, lifting it over Mignolet.
    • 17' Good work from Johnson wins the ball but Downing’s cross is straight out for a goal kick.
    • 16' Sterling takes on Rose but McClean covers across to make the tackle.
    • 15' Henderson fouls Larsson. Free kick to Sunderland. A good turn from the Sunderland man.
    • 14' Good work from Sessegnon wins Sunderland a throw deep in Liverpool’s half.
    • 13' A good start to this game, Sunderland not coming to Anfield to defend.
    • 12' Downing takes the free kick and Mignolet saves well to his left.
    • 11' Suarez caught by Kilgallon after a neat turn. Free kick and a chance for Liverpool.
    • 10' Downing skips away from Gardner but Johnson covers back well.
    • 9' Sterling versus Rose looks like an intriguing early battle. Both with pace to burn.
    • 8' Wisdom beats McClean on the right. It falls to Henderson who is just offside.
    • 7' Shot from Wisdom on the edge of the box flies well over the bar. A nice lay off from Gerrard in the build-up.
    • 6' Dangerous cross from Downing headed clear by Kilgallon. Liverpool pressing again.
    • 5' Shot by Gardner deflected off Skrtel for a corner. McClean flicks it on and Sunderland win a throw.
    • 4' Liverpool doing the early pressing as expected. Skrtel fouls Fletcher. Free kick Sunderland in an attacking position.
    • 3' Skrtel goes long, looking for Suarez but Cuellar heads clear. Gerrard’s ball has too much on it. Goal kick.
    • 2' Liverpool win the first throw, taken by Johnson filling in for the injured Enrique at left back as Wisdom moves to the right.
    • 1' Referee Phil Dowd blows the whistle to get us underway here as Daniel Sturridge watches his new team from the stands.
    • 19.40 Five minutes to kick off. Match odds: Liverpool 2/5, Sunderland 15/2, Draw 7/2.
    • 19.35 Sunderland kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League in 2012, only Man City (17) kept more.
    • 19.30 Only Man Utd (5) have won more of their last six Premier League games than Liverpool (4).
    • 19.25 Luis Suarez will be equally important tonight. He has averaged 12.2 touches in the opposition box per game this season, no other player in the Premier League has more than 7.3.
    • 19.20 Steven Gerrard is one of only two midfielders/forwards in the Premier League this season to play every minute of every game. He has scored in each of Liverpool’s last two games at Anfield.
    • 19.15 Liverpool have won only two of their last seven Premier League games against Sunderland, after winning each of the previous six.
    • 19.10 Martin O'Neill: "There have been a number of enquiries about not only Ji, but a number of our players, and I am unable to tell you anything at this minute. All I can say just from the general viewpoint is it's been a frustrating time for him just recently. He played in the Olympics, he didn't always start the games, I know, for South Korea, but perhaps after that goal against Manchester City a year ago, maybe he was hoping it would be lift-off time for him. He's found it difficult."
    • 19.05 Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Lucas, Downing, Sterling, Suarez /// Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Cuellar, Kilgallon, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon; Fletcher.
    • 19.00 Sunderland are without defender John O'Shea. The Republic of Ireland international damaged a hamstring during Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham, in which he had earlier given the Black Cats the lead, and is ruled out. Full-back Danny Rose returns to the squad after being ineligible against his parent club, but skipper Lee Cattermole and central defender Wes Brown (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
    • 18.55 Liverpool defender Jose Enrique misses tonight's match with a hamstring injury. Winger Stewart Downing, who has filled in at left-back previously, may be asked to provide cover again. Illness has been sweeping through the camp but the club are confident of keeping infection down to a minimum after midfielder Jordan Henderson and back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones were affected prior to Sunday's win over QPR.
    • 18.50 Today’s big news is the confirmation of the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for an estimated £12 million. Until then, Liverpool will be relying on the firepower of the prolific Luis Suarez up front.
    • 18.45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Liverpool v Sunderland from Anfield. Kick off 19.45 GMT. Premier League - Matchpack: Liverpool v Sunderland
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      7 6
      Substitution Out74′ 7.7 6
      7.7 6
      7.6 6
      7.5 6
      8.3 7
      Substitution Out67′ 7.3 6
      Goal Substitution Out57′ 8.1 7
      7.6 6
      Goals ×2 8.8 8
      Substitution In74′ 8 6
      Substitution In57′ 7.5 6
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      3.8 5
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      Substitution Out73′ 4.6 6
      Substitution Out62′ 4.8 6
      4.2 6
      5 6
      Yellow Card 4.1 6
      Substitution Out45′ 4.6 5
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      Substitution In62′ 4.2 6
      Substitution In73′ 4.1 6
      Substitution In45′ 3.8 6

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    From Ken, on Sat 12 Jan 14:30

    From Ken, on Sat 12 Jan 14:30
  3. There's an old saying .. even the sun shines on a­ dog's ar$e once in awhile .. very apt for LFC too I­ reckon! PMSL!

    From Gayson Rogy And RLeader Just Got Baited PMSL, on Fri 4 Jan 16:17
  4. @Borat why do you always like to give s**t to­ Liverpool? i don't get it? are you even a real­ supporter? do you have real football spirit? i have­ supported Liverpool all my life! but i always show­ respect to United and to many other teams, yes i know­ we are no more than a Mid table team for now, but we­ will get there soon, atleast about 3 years from now, i­ see us going for a top 4 spot, even if we stay a mid­ table team all our lives! i don't care! because i­ love my team and nothing you or any other person can­ say will ever change my mind! YNWA! and please show­ some respect if you don't want to than that's­ your problem, and i really don't give a s**t ;)

    From Mohamed, on Fri 4 Jan 12:12
  5. Excuse me, why are we discussing or talking about Man­ utd on this boards? Where have all these hateful Man­ utd supporters come from all of a sudden? I thought we­ Liverpool were supposed to be S&*t? That being the­ case you don't have to keep reminding us about it,­ leave us alone to get on with rebuilding our team and­ in turn you get on with trying to set a record of­ titles that you think that we'll never reach or­ over take. After all you're supposed to be the best­ team in the land so why do some of you so called­ supporters feel the need to keep coming onto Liverpool­ boards is beyond me. I would hazard a guess that­ it's not the real supporters who actually come from­ Manchester itself but a few of the token fans from afar­ who feel the need to voice themselves because they are­ not really man u fans just glory hunters and like to­ associate themselves with whichever team is on top.­ Real fans or supporters of any club are not so­ disrespectful to others because they know it's just­ a sport and the beauty of sport is that things can­ change in a flash.

    From merlin, on Thu 3 Jan 21:13
  6. I'd really like to see Suso given a chance in­ central midfield between Gerrard and Lucas. Joe Allen­ just isn't up to it - can't head, can't­ tackle, creates nothing, slow, gives away too many­ free-kicks. Useless, in fact.

    From , on Thu 3 Jan 14:57
  7. No one,you thick #$%$I never go MIA,we were well and­ truely beaten,of course it wasnt our 1st 11 but we­ wouldnt have been good enough anyway. Jusy you­ concentrate on your own shyte long ball team. You­ know the ones STILL below us in the league Ha Ha Ha !! ­ Well done Everton,easy away win v the new Stoke City­ !!!

    From Joseph, on Thu 3 Jan 10:59
  8. In all fairness Liverpool are not a one man team but­ without Suarez I wonder where they would be? He­ won't stay indefinitely and unless Liverpool make­ the Champions League this season or next (and let's­ be serious it ain't going to be this season) I­ think he'll be gone.

    From Diogenes, on Thu 3 Jan 8:29
  9. Borat, enjoy your success while you can because­ Liverpool will win the league next season! Anyway there­ are still plenty of games left this season so you may­ bottle it again! It only takes a second to score a­ goal as you found out on the last day of the premier­ league last May!

    From John, on Thu 3 Jan 0:18
  10. Hopefully we get to see Sturridge on the weekend­ against Mansfield. Rest everyone who played today and­ give the likes of Sahin and Assiadi a run out.

    From FootballFanatic, on Wed 2 Jan 23:43
  11. If Liverpool continue the way they're going they­ can start to dream of a top half finish.

    From Diogenes, on Wed 2 Jan 23:34
  12. Well done lads, well done. Hopefully this will satisfy­ some of the knockers. Rest this weekend and prepare­ for the big one next week. Good to see the likes of­ Lucas, Henderson and Downing back.

    From FootballFanatic, on Wed 2 Jan 23:30
  13. Was interested to read what fans thought of the match­ here, but most seem to be crying about Manchester­ United? You give the impression that is more important­ than winning this match, or from inching a bit further­ away from relegation.... eyes on the prize? Bazza, I­ agree that the ratings are screwed up - how can Reina­ get 7.5 with 2 shots to save, while Mignolet saved 7­ shots on target and was only rated 5.3... the numbers­ just don't add up - couple of numptys judging that

    From Lee, on Wed 2 Jan 23:16
  14. Where`s that girl joseph and all her mates? Must be out­ mugging OAP`s for drug money. usual M.I.A every time­ they get "HAMMERED". This was their full­ first 11 and they were completely and utterly fecking­ shyte. Well done LIVERPOOL for the easy win over this­ lot of nappy chasers.

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Wed 2 Jan 23:05
  15. Borat's must be crying in his Homework, been on­ here 7 times tonight trying to wind us up but he is­ just making a fool of himself, ­ LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Borat hasn't got a­ clue of what he's saying anymore, must be related­ to Fergie.

    From chicolew, on Wed 2 Jan 23:04
  16. are feel sorry for rapechester divided fans there so­ deluded well its true they are but yes are do feel­ sorry for rapechester divided fans cos its true for­ every think they have won in these last 23 years there­ still england second best team next to liverpool and­ deep down that must really hurt in every rapechester­ divided fan heart cos its true the only way rapecester­ divided can ever win liverpool and take over are crown­ the only way his if liverpool pack in playing football­ altogether then on top of that you would after win­ every think for the next 20 years just rb said and we­ all know that his never gone happen so dream on­ rapechester divided fans cos that all you can do his­ dream cos it set in stone well its a fact on paper we­ are england greatest football club ever and you guys­ already know that like you guys can say all you want­ about us but yes where not the club we once was but how­ can we be a small club when in the last 23 years we­ have won every think apart from pl so to me that no­ small club and we all know that any way rapechester­ divided fans can say all they want but lest when we won­ all are cups lest we did not pay ref dive or cheat to­ win any think lol

    From 3Dog, on Wed 2 Jan 22:34
  17. Man U fans are so sad. The only good part of their team­ is up front, the rest wouldn't get into QPR! Champions­ league will show them up for the average team they are.­ Even i can see logic, not a football fan coz of all the­ #$%$ that Man U players have in their lives when they­ go behind their wives and brothers backs to get their­ end away! Sad #$%$.

    From S, on Wed 2 Jan 22:14
  18. there once was a team called the manx. who got totally­ fleeced by the yanks. glazers mres said honey. lets­ waste all there money. and pile up the debts. with­ there banks. as for there soccer no thanks.

    From a, on Wed 2 Jan 22:12
  19. Who is the so called expert thats marked the­ teams,expert at what tiddlywinks.He has got half the­ Liverpool team with the same rating as the Sunderland­ players who have been taken to the cleaners lol.

    From Bazza, on Wed 2 Jan 22:10
  20. It's - It's - It's - It's ­ the SUPER Luis Suarez show . ­ AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN YNWA

    From chicolew, on Wed 2 Jan 22:09
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