Barclays Premier League
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Liverpool v Sunderland

26 Mar 2014, KO: 20:00

Minute by minute

Post Thanks, as always, for following tonight. YNWA
Post We'll be back updating live from Anfield on Sunday when the Reds play host to Tottenham Hotspur in another crucial fixture
Post That's all from our live coverage from Anfield on a night when Liverpool extended their winning run to seven matches to go second in the table
Post Rodgers: "I felt in the second part of the season, we would become stronger because of the nature of our game; the nature of our game is to get on the ball, to play, to pass and to move. Tonight, there were long spells where we were very good at that. As the season goes on, we'll embrace that pressure and enjoy it."
Post Rodgers: "I think the whole perception of Liverpool is that we're going to get three, four, five or six goals every game, which is wonderful, but we knew this was a game we were going to have to be patient in and show calmness. To get the win, and seven wins on the spin now at this level in the Barclays Premier League, is a huge credit to the players and also to the supporters tonight."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "It was a game in which we were the dominant team, but no matter how dominant you are when it gets to 2-1 it's always going to be tight for the last 10 minutes or so."
Post Gerrard: "I don't usually get a go at free-kicks! Luis Suarez has been magnificent from set-pieces so I leave them to him but sometimes the keeper expects him to take it so you take another option. It doesn't matter who gets the goals, we all deserve credit because we are in fantastic position but we haven't won anything yet."
Post Steven Gerrard: "You have to give credit to Sunderland, they have come to make it difficult for us. They were difficult to break down. We need to learn that when we go two goals ahead we can't concede. We need to hold on and pass it better."
Post Liverpool are one point behind first-place Chelsea and two ahead of Manchester City, though they have two games in hand
Post 87.6 per cent of those passes found their man
Post They enjoyed 61.1 per cent of the possession and made 588 passes
Post Liverpool had 21 shots on goal tonight, seven of which were on target
Post Liverpool see off a nervy finale to hold on to secure three priceless points with their seventh consecutive league win. It takes them back into second in the Barclays Premier League table
90 Three minutes of added time to be played
89 Hearts in mouths time for Liverpool as Johnson's free-kick flashes right across the face of goal after O'Shea got a touch
88 Johnson concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position for a foul on Colback
85 Altidore's cross is headed away by Gerrard
84 Danger for Liverpool as Bardsley's cross deflects across the box, but it goes out for a throw on the far side
83 Substitution: Jack Colback for Andrea Dossena:
81 Suarez hits the free-kick, but it's just over
80 Suarez is fouled 20 yards from
78 Suarez tries a 20-yard chip...easy for Mannone
76 Sunderland reduce the arrears as Sung-Yueng stoops to head in a corner at the back post unmarked
76 GOAL! Ki Sung-Yueng:
75 Sung-Yeung's shot is deflected over by Agger's flying block
72 Now it's Liverpool's turn to hit the bar as Sturridge smacks a first-time shot from the edge of the box against the frame of the goal
71 Cattermole rattles the crossbar with a half-volley from just inside the box after collecting Johnson's knock-down
69 Coutinho drives one from the edge of the box...into the arms of Mannone
66 Coutinho's corner finds the head of Sturridge, but Mannone is able to take
65 Almost a sublime goal as Suarez flicks a pass back into the path of Coutinho's dart into the box. The Brazilian tries to dink it over Mannone, but the 'keeper collects
63 Johnson's lift over the Reds defence tries to find Sung-Yeung's run, but it bounces out for a goal-kick
62 Vergini tries to clear Johnson's cross and it goes dangerously close to his own goal before looping over
61 Substitution: Ki Sung-Yueng for Connor Wickham:
61 Substitution: Adam Johnson for Emanuele Giaccherini:
59 Johnson delivers a dangerous low centre that just evades Sturridge and Suarez. Mannone claims at the second attempt
58 Sublime touch from Suarez takes him away from Vergini and into the box, but he curls over the bar
54 Incredible moment at Anfield as Flanagan's cut-back finds Sturridge, who shoots first time. The ball seems destined for the back of the net, until it strikes Suarez, who in turns tries to back-heel it over the line but Mannone saves
53 Altidore shoots from range but it's easy for Mignolet
49 That's Sturridge's 20th league goal of the campaign
48 Sturridge's shot from just inside the box deflects off Brown and nestles in the back of the Kop end goal
48 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge:
46 Ball breaks invitingly for Suarez in the box, but he curls well over
46 SECOND HALF: Liverpool re-start the game at Anfield
45 Gerrard's delivery is headed away by Wickham
45 Another late tackle by Vergini on Suarez...this time on the left of the box
44 A succession of Sunderland corners are dealt with by Liverpool
42 Wickham shoots from the edge of the box...deflects off Skrtel...Mignolet gets down well to make a stop
40 First Booking: Phil Bardsley:
39 Get in there, skipper! Stevie G fires the free-kick into the top corner!
39 GOAL! Steven Gerrard:
38 This is right on the edge of the 'D'...
37 First Booking: Santiago Vergini:
37 Vergini brings down Suarez on the edge of the box after he got away. Free-kick to Liverpool and a yellow card for the Sunderland man
35 Suarez runs half the length of the pitch before cutting inside on his left foot and shooting. He's off target, however
33 Gerrard crosses...away by Vergini
28 Coutinho tries to play Henderson into space in the box, but Mannone is off his line quickly to smother
26 Allen saunters into space on the edge of the box, but drives over
23 Johnson surges down the right but skews his attempted centre over the bar
21 Bardsley's cross from the right is headed away by Agger
17 Suarez's outside-of-the-foot cross to the back post is just too high for Sturridge's head
15 Suarez plays Johnson in behind the Sunderland defence...he's flagged offside
10 Sturridge has another go; this time it's over the bar
9 Sturridge creates space for a shot on the edge of a crowded box, but it cannons against a defender
8 Ambitious 30-yarder from Bridcutt sails into the Kop
7 Our No.7 takes it but it's just a tad too high
6 Sturridge is fouled right on the edge of the Sunderland box. This is definitely in Suarez territory...
5 Coutinho tries his luck from fully 25 yards following a slick passing move, but he scoops high over the bar
2 Johnson lines up a left-foot effort from the edge of the box. Off target
1 Sturridge's cross from the right causes momentary panic in the Sunderland defence and Vergini needs to deal with it
1 KICK-OFF: Sunderland start the game at Anfield
Pre Sunderland substitutes: Ki, Larsson, Johnson, Colback, Roberge, Scocco, Ustari.
Pre Sunderland team: Mannone, Bardsley, Dossena, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Giaccherini, Altidore, Wickham.
Pre Subs: Jones, Sterling, Aspas, Sakho, Lucas, Cissokho, Moses.
Pre Liverpool: Mignolet, Flanagan, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged line-up for the clash with Sunderland.
Pre You’ll find out who the Northern Irishman has selected to face Sunderland at 7pm GMT; check the homepage and all of the Reds’ social media platforms for the confirmed team news directly from the home dressing room.
Pre At his pre-match press conference on Monday, the boss reported no fresh injury concerns as his team navigate three testing fixtures in a week – with Tottenham Hotspur still to come on Sunday.
Pre Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, is aiming to match his prolific partner by reaching 20 goals for this Premier League season – the No.15, who is second in the division’s scoring charts, needs one more to do so.
Pre Luis Suarez could set a new club record if he scores this evening; after notching a hat-trick against Cardiff City last weekend, the Uruguayan levelled with Robbie Fowler on 28 strikes in a single campaign.
Pre The on-loan Italian forward cannot play against his parent club this evening, but will be in attendance to watch the game. Check the homepage for an exclusive chat with Borini now.
Pre He commented: “He's tended to go 4-3-3, with wingers who like to cut inside, and play a possession-based game with a couple of deeper-lying midfielders. Obviously Fabio Borini is ineligible, so it'll be interesting to see who comes in.”
Pre To get the lowdown on the Black Cats, we asked Sunderland supporter James Hunt for the view from the Stadium of Light, and he shed light on how Gus Poyet is likely to line up his team in L4.
Pre Make sure to follow Liverpool’s official social media channels – including Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter – before, during and after the match for further updates and exclusive images.
Pre You can have your say on how the game unfolds by getting involved in our post-match phone-in programme too; simply call 0845 234 4567, email, text 60070 starting your message with the word 'LFC' or tweet @LFC.
Pre Build-up to the clash begins on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, from 7pm, with pre-match interviews and analysis from the Reds’ home ground ahead of kick-off.
Pre “We'll need to make sure we're right at it from the start, get the crowd with us and play with a lot of energy and tempo,” the No.14 added. “High tempo is the key, I think, and I'm sure if we do that we can get the win.”
Pre He said: “I've been at Liverpool for a few years now and I feel like it is sort of like home for me, so it doesn't really matter who me or the team play against - I just want to win every game.”
Pre Jordan Henderson represented tonight’s opponents before sealing a switch to the Reds in 2011 and the midfielder sat down for an exclusive interview with before facing his old club.
Pre Stay right here, without having to refresh the page, to follow every kick of the encounter with minute-by-minute text updates directly from the stadium, live audio commentary, in-play Opta statistics and much more.
Pre Brendan Rodgers’ side are searching for a seventh consecutive victory and would close the gap to current leaders Chelsea to a single point if they can overcome the Black Cats on home soil.
Pre Welcome to the match centre as the Reds return to Anfield for the first time in 31 days for a Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland, which kicks off at 8pm GMT.