Luis Suarez marked his Premier League return with two goals as Liverpool beat Sunderland to go second in the table.

Playing in the league for the first time since 21 April after a 10-match ban for biting, Suarez twice tapped in after being set up by Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge put Liverpool ahead at the Stadium of Light with a close-range effort that appeared to hit his arm.

Strike duo are real threat - Rodgers

Emanuele Giaccherini pulled one back for Sunderland in between the Suarez efforts, but the visitors held on.

At 2-1 the Reds would have sat third behind Tottenham on goal difference, but the Uruguayan's late third lifts them a place higher.

Suarez made his comeback in Liverpool's League Cup defeat by Manchester United in midweek, but this was his first Premier League game of the season - and he formed a lethal partnership with Sturridge.

The pair condemned Sunderland to a fifth defeat of the campaign and, as the only top-flight club without a league win, they remain bottom of the table.

But the Black Cats, under caretaker manager Kevin Ball's guidance following the sacking of Paolo Di Canio, showed signs of improvement and had their most shots in a league game (23) since December 2011.

Ball's men showed predictable energy and desire in the early stages, passing and moving with con fidence and posing a threat going forward.

Sunderland v Liverpool stats

Suarez
Sunderland Liverpool

Goals

1

3

Attempts

23

15

On target

5

6

Total passes

347

419

Accuracy

80.4%

83.5%

Possession

46.2%

53.8%

Yellow cards

2

1

But for all of their positive play, the hosts lacked pace and cutting edge in the final third and looked vulnerable on the counter-attack.

Suarez threatened with an early drive before Martin Skrtel's strike was disallowed for offside after a Steven Gerrard free-kick was parried.

Sunderland replied with a Sebastian Larsson set-piece that struck the bar, but Liverpool's pressure told when an unmarked Sturridge converted Gerrard's corner from close range. Replays showed the ball went in off his arm, but the goal was allowed to stand by referee Howard Webb.

It was a blow that silenced the home supporters - and Sunderland's afternoon took another turn for the worse as Liverpool hit a second.

Sturridge collected Gerrard's brilliant cross-field pass with a stunning piece of control, eased past Carlos Cuellar and squared for Suarez to roll home a sixth goal in as many Premier League appearances against Sunderland.

The Black Cats worked hard to reduce the deficit before half-time and Craig Gardner, from what seemed an offside position, had a volley well saved by Simon Mignolet before Adam Johnson fired narrowly over.

Sunderland carried that momentum into the second half as Mignolet spilled Ki sung-Yueng's drive to Giaccherini for a routine finish.

Liverpool's earlier fluency was now absent and their opponents almost struck again when a deflected effort from Gardner was tipped to safety.

Scoreline not fair reflection - Ball

With Sunderland pressing for an equaliser and Liverpool attempting to secure a third, play became stretched and Jozy Altidore tested Mignolet before Moses, Suarez and Kolo Toure went close.

However, the points were sealed as Suarez led a breakaway, fed Sturridge and then took his return pass to fire into an unguarded net.

Sunderland manager Kevin Ball:

"We spoke at half-time and I thought you saw a great reaction. They gave it a really good go in the second half.

"We took it right to the death but unfortunately you're susceptible to that counter-attack where 3-1 - and I don't mean this as disrespect to Liverpool - flatters them a little bit.

"It was a shame because I thought the lads had a real good go today and that's something we need to take heart from."

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Giaccherini 52
  • Sturridge 28
  • Suarez 36
  • Suarez 89

Sunderland

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 41,415
SUNDERLAND
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Sunderland 48%
  • Liverpool 52%

Attempts on target

  • Sunderland 5
  • Liverpool 6

Attempts off target

  • Sunderland 18
  • Liverpool 9

Corners

  • Sunderland 10
  • Liverpool 8

Fouls

  • Sunderland 8
  • Liverpool 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:33 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+1:43 Adam Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
  • 90:00+1:39 Clearance by Jordan Henderson.
  • 90:00+1:35 Corner from the left by-line taken by Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 90:00+1:22 Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:20 Emanuele Giaccherini sends in a cross.
  • 90:00+1:10 Raheem Sterling manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:41 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:24 Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 89:49 Emanuele Giaccherini takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
  • 89:49 Raheem Sterling makes a clearance.
  • 88:24 Daniel Sturridge provided the assist for the goal.
  • 88:24 GOAL - Luis SuarezSunderland 1 - 3 Liverpool Luis Suarez scores with their left foot. Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool.
  • 88:05 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 87:46 Simon Mignolet manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:45 Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:41 The ball is sent over by Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 87:28 Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:25 The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson.
  • 86:59 Clearance made by John O'Shea.
  • 86:58 The ball is delivered by Raheem Sterling.
  • 86:46 Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:28 The referee blows for offside.
  • 86:15 Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
  • 86:06 Unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Luis Suarez results in a free kick.
  • 85:33 Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 85:28 Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:01 Raheem Sterling fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 84:28 Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
  • 84:13 Substitution Charis Mavrias joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.
  • 83:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mamadou Sakho by Jozy Altidore.
  • 83:27 The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson.
  • 83:15 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
  • 83:13 Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.
  • 82:46 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 82:34 Clearance by Leiva Lucas.
  • 82:32 Ondrej Celustka delivers the ball.
  • 82:15 Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:59 Leiva Lucas is booked.
  • 81:59 Booking
  • 81:51 Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 81:02 The ball is crossed by Ondrej Celustka.
  • 80:23 Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:05 Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:25 Jack Colback goes into the referee's book.
  • 79:25 Booking
  • 79:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Colback on Raheem Sterling.
  • 79:11 Clearance by Kolo Toure.
  • 79:09 Ondrej Celustka delivers the ball.
  • 78:19 Clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 78:17 Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line.
  • 77:47 Kolo Toure takes a brilliant shot. A parry by Keiren Westwood prevents the goal.
  • 77:07 Clearance by Jack Colback.
  • 77:05 A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 75:58 Carlos Cuellar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:46 Jordan Henderson challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 75:12 Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
  • 75:01 Jozy Altidore is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 74:39 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 74:23 Substitution Raheem Sterling comes on in place of Victor Moses.
  • 73:48 Substitution Lee Cattermole leaves the field to be replaced by Ondrej Celustka.
  • 73:04 Luis Suarez takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
  • 73:02 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.
  • 73:00 Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
  • 72:58 The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson.
  • 72:12 The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson.
  • 71:55 Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:41 Clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 71:34 The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 69:03 Clearance by Lee Cattermole.
  • 68:55 Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 68:40 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:38 Craig Gardner crosses the ball.
  • 68:31 Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.
  • 68:20 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded.
  • 67:30 Clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
  • 67:29 The ball is swung over by Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 66:47 A cross is delivered by Victor Moses.
  • 66:35 Clearance made by Adam Johnson.
  • 66:33 Corner taken by Luis Suarez from the left by-line.
  • 65:59 Victor Moses takes a shot. Keiren Westwood parries the effort to safety.
  • 65:50 Luis Suarez crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 64:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Colback on Daniel Sturridge.
  • 64:30 Clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 64:30 The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson.
  • 64:25 Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball.
  • 63:16 Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
  • 63:12 Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 62:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Victor Moses.
  • 61:41 Jozy Altidore takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Simon Mignolet prevents the goal.
  • 60:12 Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:35 Craig Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 59:27 Mamadou Sakho takes the free kick.
  • 58:53 Emanuele Giaccherini booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 58:53 Booking
  • 58:46 Emanuele Giaccherini concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Skrtel.
  • 58:18 Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
  • 58:06 Martin Skrtel challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 57:56 Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal. Blocked by John O'Shea.
  • 57:53 John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:52 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball.
  • 57:49 John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 57:48 The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez.
  • 57:02 John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 57:02 The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson.
  • 56:28 Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 56:27 The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson.
  • 56:25 Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 56:24 Clearance by Adam Johnson.
  • 56:20 Victor Moses takes a brilliant shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
  • 56:13 Clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 56:10 Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
  • 55:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 54:24 Clearance by Luis Suarez.
  • 54:21 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 54:19 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 53:51 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Simon Mignolet parries the ball away.
  • 53:47 Clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
  • 53:46 Adam Johnson sends in a cross.
  • 53:06 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard.
  • 53:00 Clearance by Jack Colback.
  • 52:55 Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 52:17 Centre by Jordan Henderson.
  • 51:30 GOAL - Emanuele GiaccheriniSunderland 1 - 2 Liverpool Emanuele Giaccherini grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool.
  • 51:28 Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Parried by Simon Mignolet back into danger.
  • 51:04 Adam Johnson takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
  • 50:59 Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:56 Clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
  • 50:55 The ball is swung over by Sung-Yeung Ki.
  • 50:50 Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:49 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 50:48 The ball is crossed by Jack Colback.
  • 48:15 Luis Suarez takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
  • 48:14 Clearance made by Jozy Altidore.
  • 48:09 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.
  • 47:39 Luis Suarez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by John O'Shea.
  • 46:42 Clearance by Jordan Henderson.
  • 46:40 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 46:39 Emanuele Giaccherini has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
  • 46:39 Shot by Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 46:37 Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 46:35 Craig Gardner produces a cross.
  • 46:08 Clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 45:55 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 45:50 Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:28 Jordan Henderson challenges Carlos Cuellar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:20 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:41 Clearance made by Steven Gerrard.
  • 45:00+1:35 Shot by Sebastian Larsson. Steven Gerrard gets a block in.
  • 45:00+1:16 A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson.
  • 45:00+1:03 Clearance made by Jack Colback.
  • 45:00+0:28 Mamadou Sakho makes a clearance.
  • 44:22 Adam Johnson takes a shot and cleared the goal.
  • 44:15 Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 44:12 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 43:43 Craig Gardner has an effort at goal. Simon Mignolet parries the ball but the danger is not over.
  • 42:12 Adam Johnson produces a cross.
  • 41:47 Mamadou Sakho makes a clearance.
  • 41:43 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 41:35 John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
  • 40:53 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 40:44 Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 39:38 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 39:05 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • Correction - 38:28 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by Victor Moses.
  • 38:28 Strike comes in from Craig Gardner from the free kick. Blocked by Victor Moses.
  • 38:27 Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 37:17 The referee gives a free kick against Mamadou Sakho for handball.
  • 35:42 Assist by Daniel Sturridge.
  • 35:42 GOAL - Luis SuarezSunderland 0 - 2 Liverpool Luis Suarez scores a right footed goal. Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool.
  • 34:51 Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
  • 34:49 Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
  • 34:24 Steven Gerrard makes a clearance.
  • 34:23 A cross is delivered by John O'Shea.
  • 34:16 Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 33:57 Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:56 Craig Gardner sends in a cross.
  • 33:15 Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:10 Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Blocked by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 32:11 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line.
  • 31:40 The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson.
  • 31:00 The ball is delivered by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 30:38 Clearance by Kolo Toure.
  • 30:32 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 30:13 Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:11 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 29:19 Header at goal by John O'Shea misses to the right.
  • 29:17 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
  • Correction - 27:20 The assist for the goal came from Steven Gerrard.
  • Correction - 27:20 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeSunderland 0 - 1 Liverpool Daniel Sturridge grabs a goal. Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool.
  • 27:20 Assist by Steven Gerrard.
  • 27:20 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeSunderland 0 - 1 Liverpool Daniel Sturridge scores. Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool.
  • Correction - 27:17 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 27:17 Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 26:56 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 26:56 Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:42 Victor Moses takes a shot and cleared the bar.
  • 25:41 John O'Shea makes a clearance.
  • 25:38 The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson.
  • 25:24 Jack Colback takes the free kick.
  • 24:49 Martin Skrtel challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 24:18 Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:26 Shot by Jozy Altidore. Blocked by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 23:20 Sebastian Larsson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick which hits the bar.
  • 22:04 Emanuele Giaccherini fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 20:51 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 19:41 Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
  • 19:16 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
  • 18:52 Clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 18:51 Centre by Jordan Henderson.
  • 18:21 Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:03 The referee blows for offside against Jozy Altidore.
  • 17:48 Mamadou Sakho restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:27 Craig Gardner challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 17:22 Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
  • 17:17 Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses.
  • 14:18 Carlos Cuellar makes a clearance.
  • 14:16 Corner taken by Luis Suarez.
  • 13:41 Craig Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 13:40 Jordan Henderson crosses the ball.
  • 13:04 Clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
  • 13:03 The ball is sent over by Craig Gardner.
  • 12:47 Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 12:30 Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
  • 12:05 Jozy Altidore is ruled offside.
  • 12:00 Shot by Craig Gardner went wide of the right-hand post.
  • 11:58 Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:55 Emanuele Giaccherini takes a shot. Kolo Toure gets a block in.
  • 11:32 Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 11:31 A cross is delivered by Jack Colback.
  • 11:14 Clearance by Martin Skrtel.
  • 11:12 Emanuele Giaccherini delivers the ball.
  • 9:58 Adam Johnson takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
  • 9:47 Mamadou Sakho manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:20 Kolo Toure manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:17 Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:47 The offside flag is raised against Martin Skrtel.
  • 8:42 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Steven Gerrard. Keiren Westwood fumbles the ball.
  • 7:47 Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge.
  • 7:30 Clearance by John O'Shea.
  • 7:29 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 6:29 Clearance made by Kolo Toure.
  • 6:28 A cross is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki.
  • 5:54 Jozy Altidore delivers the ball.
  • 5:29 Clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 5:25 Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
  • 5:23 Adam Johnson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 4:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique on Adam Johnson.
  • 4:31 Clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 4:30 The ball is crossed by Emanuele Giaccherini.
  • 3:50 Shot by Luis Suarez missed to the right of the target.
  • 3:32 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
  • 3:08 Clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.
  • 3:07 The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard.
  • 2:49 Clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
  • 2:46 Centre by Jack Colback.
  • 0:32 The ball is sent over by Craig Gardner.
  • 0:08 Clearance by Mamadou Sakho.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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