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Liverpool 3 Vs Sunderland 0

 

Luis Suarez took his Premier League tally to 15 goals for the season this afternoon by scoring twice, while being watched by his new strike partner Daniel Sturridge.

Raheem Sterling's lobbed goal gave the Reds an early lead, Suarez doubled Liverpool's lead soon after, racing into the area before stabbing the ball home. The Uruguayan then made it 3-0 early in the second half with a close-range strike from Steven Gerrard's pass.

This win means we have now recorded back-to-back league victories for the second time this season and moves us up to eighth place in the table.

Liverpool's attacking display would have impressed new signing Daniel Sturridge, who completed the formalities of his move from Chelsea just before kick-off.

Despite a confident start by Sunderland, the reds were the first to threaten in the 11th minute when Suarez was fouled just outside the area and Stewart Downing curled the resulting free-kick towards the near post, but keeper Simon Mignolet did well to push the ball behind for a corner.

The opening goal came eight minutes later. Taking a Gerrard pass under control Suarez expertly lofted the ball over the defence to release Sterling and the young winger showed great composure to draw out Mignolet before lobbing the ball into the net.

The Sunderland defence were struggling to deal with Liverpool's pacey attacks and the reds took full advantage by adding a second in the 26th minute.

Gerrard knocked the ball forward for Suarez to chase down the right and, though the Uruguayan was fouled by Carlos Cuellar, he stayed on his feet to charge towards goal and power a neat finish beyond Mignolet.
Despite the two-goal deficit, Sunderland still carried a threat when they got forward and they had a great chance to pull a goal back when Adam Johnson's deep cross found Matthew Kilgallon inside the area, but the defender's half volley was superbly saved by Pepe Reina.

Sterling and Suarez continued to combine well and cause Sunderland problems after the break, and a fine move involving the pair should have resulted in a third goal five minutes into the second half.
Suarez smartly clipped a Gerrard pass forward to send Sterling clear again, but this time the 18-year-old could not match the composure he showed for his goal as he fired his shot wide.

The mighty reds added a third two minutes later when Gerrard delivered a pass from 60 yards for Suarez to collect and shoot beyond Mignolet from close range.

From then on, dominated the game and had plenty of chances to add to their lead. A Gerrard shot deflected off Glen Johnson towards goal but Mignolet did well to push the ball over the bar, before the Sunderland keeper raced out to deny Suarez his hat-trick.

Both Johnson and substitute Joe Allen had efforts ruled out for offside, but with the damage already done, Liverpool comfortably saw out the remainder of the game to ensure 2013 got off to the ideal start.

Photo Danny Taylor

 

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