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Summary

  1. Sturridge misses out with calf injury

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

Jurgen Klopp is on the pitch clapping like an excited seal. He's grabbing players and seemingly telling them how much he loves them. His side are 14 matches unbeaten in all competitions. Not a vintage display but a win nonetheless. 

We will keep you updated on the health of Philippe Coutinho but for now, I'm off. The match report will be up shortly and you can access that here.

Thank you for your company today. The Reds are top of the league, though Chelsea can move there in a few hours.

GOAL - Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

James Milner

No nonsense from James Milner. He steps up right-footed and whips the ball into the left corner of the net as Jordan Pickford goes the wrong way.

Liverpool have got over the line. That's 26 shots today by my reckoning.

James Milner.
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PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL

Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

Sadio Mane leads the breakaway and is clearly fouled by Didier NDong who simply got his timing all wrong.

Sadio Mane
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Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

Emre Can advances gracefully again down the left, he's faced by Jason Denayer but gets a shot off which is deflected wide.

Lucas is coming on for Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

There is a bit of a coming together on the touchline but nothing too serious. Jurgen Klopp is fuming at a challenge on Roberto Firmino and Sunderland's backroom team are not too happy with the German's reaction.

Klopp, always animated, has been even more so today. He looks like he's had too much caffeine. Liverpool are closing in on an 11th league game without defeat.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

Liverpool probably deserve it, they have been bold, though credit to Sunderland for putting up plenty of resistance.

Joel Matip heads over from a corner as Sunderland prepare two substitutes, Lynden Gooch is coming on, as is Adnan Januzaj. 

GOAL - Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

Divock Origi

Divock Origi
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They pushed and pushed through traditional means and the goal finally comes in a slightly more fortuitous fashion it seems. 

Divock Origi weaved some space on the left of the area and swings in a right-foot cross which bends straight into the far corner. 

Off runs the 21-year-old, sliding on his knees to the corner flag in celebration. He was the man who replaced the injured Philippe Coutinho remember.

Divock Origi
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

In comes a Liverpool corner, it drops to Dejan Lovren with his back to goal in the box... smart backheel finds Sadio Mane... brilliant block from the impressive Jason Denayer.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

A look at the average positiosn this Liverpool team is taking up tells you they are going for it. Nathaniel Clyne (2) and James Milner (7) are full-backs today but have spent most of their time in advanced areas.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Roberto Firmino gets in behind the Sunderland back four. He's in the inside-left channel and cuts a ball back across goal, no-one there to turn it in. This is not Liverpool's day it seems.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland have suddenly found their attacking personality and boy is this a close call. First Duncan Watmore is thwarted by Loris Karius diving at his feet. The ball stays in play and gets tossed into the six-yard box only for it to fall to Victor Anichebe. His volley is heading in but meets a pack of bodies.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Patrick van Aanholt leads a counter-attack and again he has options but makes a hash of his pass. His saving grace is Dejan Lovren is adjudged to have tugged him back. That's a yellow for the Liverpool defender and a dead ball some 30 yards out.

Van Aanholt fancies it... into the wall.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Emre Can has the ball on the left side of the area... to Roberto Firmino out wide. He dinks a cross in which is met by a clearing header but the ball drops to Can again... just wide. He smashes it back at goal from about 15 yards and misses by a foot. The Reds are getting closer and there is singing. Jurgen Klopp has his wish.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

As we tick over the hour, Jurgen Klopp is losing his marbles in the Liverpool dugout. He is waving his arms to the Kop, begging for more from the home faithful. As is always the case with him, his face looks aggressive and angry. 

It has been quiet but it won't be if Jurgen gets his way.

John O'Shea is in the book for a foul to kill a Liverpool counter-attack.

Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Trickery, magic, Dynamo-style stuff from Roberto Firmino as he progresses into the area. He cuts back onto his left peg and drills low at the near post... well held Jordan Pickford. The 22-year-old is looking accomplished.

Roberto Firmino
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe backs into Dejan Lovren as Sunderland have some rare possession. Lovren nods clear to Joel Matip though and Liverpool progress. Nathaniel Clyne is out wide and in comes the cross... corner. Good tracking back by Victor Anichebe who is putting a shift in.

Jordan Henderson's corner is well cleared and Sunderland threaten a break only for Patrick van Aanholt to concede possession.

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Many of you concerned for Coutinho... perhaps not for the most compassionate reasons. 

Jibin Mathew George: There go my Fantasy Football points. Come back soon, Coutinho.

Kartik Venkat: I am in tears over my decision to triple captain Coutinho. 

Johnny Magrinho: Changed captain from Coutinho to Firmino only last night. Masterstroke decision, clearly.

Coutinho
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CLOSE!

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Sadio Mane has the ball 30 yards out, to Emre Can, flicked over the top and Georginio Wijnaldum volleys.... inches wide. James Milner tries to turn it in at the back stick but it is a stud length away.

Saio Mane
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

I think there's a goal coming here. Sunderland are camped in their own half. They have a flask, a tent, a fire and a survival text book. 

Liverpool looking to blow the tent over and surely they will...

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

That's ugly from Sadio Mane. For once Liverpool have numbers over Sunderland and as he runs at the defence, a shooting opportunity opens up but he barely makes contact. The ball trickles to Jordan Pickford.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Liverpool work the ball well some 40 yards from goal and Nathaniel Clyne bursts into the area. Not for the first time today we see a heavy touch and John O'Shea edges him out of play. Good defending and that's a goal-kick.

KICK-OFF

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

The sides emerge from the bowels of the Main Stand and Liverpool will be attacking the Kop End.

Philippe Coutinho of course taken off in the first half with injury, Divock Origi is leading the line.

Had Daniel Sturridge not picked up a calf complaint this week you'd think he'd be up top now looking to prove his worth to Jurgen Klopp.

What can Sunderland serve up. They showed bags of grit at times in the opening period.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe has touched the ball just nine times, none of them in the area. Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius has had the ball 15 times. 

Still, Sunderland may well take a quiet day for their front man if they can continue to keep Liverpool at bay.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland.
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80% possession, no goals

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland
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HALF-TIME

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

That's probably a job well done for David Moyes and his players. They look very solid and for all Liverpool's energy, they have created little of meaning.

Jason Denayer has been very good for the away side, spoiling things all the time, as has Didier Ndong. The headline news though is without doubt the fact Philippe Coutinho had to be taken off. Liverpool's creative wizard could be out for a spell.

David Moyes
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Joel Matip, who is practically an advanced right-back now, strides forward with Nathaniel Clyne essentially becoming a right-winger. The ball is worked into the area and Sadio Mane can shoot. Easy save for Jordan Pickford.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

This is a strange one. Sunderland were offering a bit on the break and had held their own. Then Liverpool see their best player taken off to injury and rather than kick on, Sunderland retreat. 

That said, their bank of defenders cannot be breached and though Dejan Lovren's long-range hit is only just wide, Jordan Pickford had it covered.

We are in added time.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Almost every Sunderland body is clustered around the edge of the box, a white wall of shirts. Roberto Firmino tries to go over them with a clipped cross, Emre Can reaches it this time but there's not much pace on the delivery and he is clearly trying to generate power. It results in a header wide.

Roberto Firmino
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Jordan Henderson begs for the ball from Emre Can in midfield and gets it. On to Sadio Mane but his pass is cut out. This is a solid defensive display by Sunderland so far but they are offering nothing now, they seem happy to get to the break. Every player is deep in their own half but nothing clear cut is being created. Roberto Firmino plays a ball into the box but Can is unable to reach it.

'It looks like a really bad injury for Coutinho'

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

Coutinho has gone off and it's not looking good at all. He was writhing in agony there and waved at the bench straight away. 

I'm speculating here but it looks like a really bad injury - possibly a broken foot or, at best a twisted ankle. 

That's a massive shame because he is a player Liverpool cannot be without. 

Coutinho
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Joel Matip has completed every single one of his 33 passes so far today and as Liverpool enjoy a spell of dominance he finds himself playing midway in the Sunderland half. He looks for options but moves the ball on and Liverpool eventually win a corner off John O'Shea.

Jordan Henderson will take it... he raises his left arm... good near-post delivery... headed over by Emre Can. He got that wrong, a mix of head, ear and shoulder.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

The best chance of the game so far falls to Dejan Lovren. He is at the back post and in space from a set-piece delivery but his diving header across goal is a foot wide. A very good opening.

Dejan Lovren
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Jason Denayer had touched the ball just seven times in the opening 30 minutes as he spent his day chasing Philippe Coutinho. Would David Moyes now sacrifice him or can the boy play as well as hassle?

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland
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What does Denayer do now?

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

31' Solid opening half hour for #SAFC with @Jasondenayer doing exceptionally well to man-mark Coutinho out of the game

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Some more on that Philippe Coutinho injury. Didier Ndong was aggressive in booting the ball clear and with Coutinho's foot the other side of the ball, he took the full follow-through.

Coutinho's heavy touch created the scenario but it looks really unfortunate.

Philippe Coutinho
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Coutinho off

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

It does not look good for Liverpool or Philippe Coutinho. Concerned faces in the crowd look on as Divock Origi gets ready to come on.

Coutinho's right ankle is strapped as he leaves on a stretcher with one arm covering his eyes.

Philippe Coutinho
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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

The game opens up for a two-minute spell and that's probably not music to the ears of David Moyes. First Jermain Defoe chases a long punt and goes down in the box. In truth it's just good defending by Joel Matip, using his body.

At the other end, Didier Ndong leaves a bit on Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian is in the area and wants to find space but as he takes a heavy touch, Ndong blasts the ball clear. Coutinho's foot was behind the ball and he took some impact. That hurt.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

22: We have our first change of the day - one linesman on for another. [0-0] #LIVSUN

22: We have our first change of the day - one linesman on for another. [0-0] #LIVSUN

That's right, one of the referee's assistants (a linesman in old money) has had to be replaced. That's as dramatic as it's been really.

Emre Can produces some excellent work in midfield to drop two Sunderland players but he tries an audacious scoop pass over the top and that's way too heavy.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland have not won three league games in a row since a four-match streak in April and May 2014. A win here then would send their travelling fans home in a state of delirium. 

Their front men Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe are quiet, just 13 touches between them. Jordan Henderson seeing more ball than anyone with 42 touches.

Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

Patrick van Aanholt is not a man you want to let shoot all too often. He gets his share of goals from left-back. This one is way wide.

Perhaps more importantly though, the Black Cats are in this. They have now forced three corners already at the Kop End.