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Summary

  1. Sturridge starts first league game since 17 October
  2. Liverpool have won four in a row
  3. Sunderland 18th, Liverpool second

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

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FULL-TIME

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

It is all over. What a point for Sunderland. Two dropped for Liverpool.

David Moyes and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Yet again Vito Mannone comes to Sunderland's rescue. Pushing away Adam Lallana's drive and then saving a routine header from Roberto Firmino.

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Five minutes added time left. Will we get a dramatic winner?

'What is Mane doing?'

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on Final Score

It is a Larsson free kick for Sunderland and Mane in the Liverpool wall has put his arm up high - for me it is a clear penalty.

What a penalty from Jermain Defoe, but you are thinking 'what is Mane doing?'.

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

But the free-kick comes to nothing. This would be a fantastic point for Sunderland, but two dropped points for Liverpool.

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Roberto Firmino looks to put Liverpool back in front, but it is a routine save from Vito Mannone. Liverpool now have a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

GOAL - Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland, penalty)

No messing about from Jermain Defoe, who scores his second spot-kick of the match. Simon Mignolet is sent the wrong way and Defoe blasts the penalty into the net.

Jermain Defoe celebrates
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PENALTY to Sunderland

Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

Seb Larsson's free-kick is driven in, Liverpool's Sadio Mane sticks out an arm, the ball hits it and it is a penalty.

Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini
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Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

A free-kick to Sunderland in a dangerous position. Seb Larsson wants it.

Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge's game is coming to an early end. He is caught by Papy Djilobodji and the England striker looks in pain before he limps off.

Lucas comes on to replace him.

Daniel Sturridge
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'Mane goal right to count'

Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

Sadio Mane is onside for Liverpool because the flick-on comes from the Sunderland defender. He's in an offside position, but that's why the goal has been given.

GOAL - Sunderland 1-2 Liverpool

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Moments after Vito Mannone saves Sunderland again, Liverpool retake the lead. A corner from the right is inadvertently flicked goalwards by Sunderland's Didier Ndong.

The ball falls to Sadio Mane, a few yards out, and he has the simple task to put the ball into the net.

This is has last appearance before he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal and he may well be the match-winner.

Sadio Mane scores
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Sadio Mane celebrates
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GREAT SAVE!

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Another great save from Vito Mannone to deny Daniel Sturridge after the England striker had collected a smart backheel from Adam Lallana.

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Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Paul Walmsley: Can has been poor today. Henderson a big miss!

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Sunderland's Javi Manquillo, who had a spell on loan at Liverpool earlier in his career, is on for Jack Rodwell.

Moments later Liverpool's Roberto Firmino looks to curl an effort inside the far post, but he gets it wrong and it is straight at Vito Mannone.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Vito Mannone is again called into action, this time diving low to deny Roberto Firmino, who had shot from outside the penalty area.

Moments later Emre Can opts for precision instead of power and it is comfortable for Mannone.

Sunderland defending deep and in numbers, Liverpool being frustrated at the moment.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Well, Sunderland's Twitter account thought it should have been a penalty.

57' A big chance as @borinifabio29 sees an effort blocked before #SAFC are denied what looked like a clear penalty for handball. #SUNLIV

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Sunderland players are appealing for a penalty but Anthony Taylor is not interested. Adnan Januzaj's cross hits Emre Can's arm, but the Liverpool player was very close to Januzaj and at first glance it didn't look deliberate.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Close to Liverpool retaking the lead. Nathaniel Clyne swings in a cross from the right side of the penalty area and Sadio Mane, playing his final game before Africa Cup of Nations duty, can just get the slightest of touches on the ball. A better contact with the header and that would have been 1-2.

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Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Ryan Lloyd: Liverpool really miss Hendo today. I think Klopp made a mistake by not putting in Lucas.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson gets his name taken, and can't have any arguments after a foul on Nathaniel Clyne.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool had 72% of the ball in the first half, and start the second brightly. Roberto Firmino's pass finds Nathaniel Clyne in the penalty area, but the chance is wasted with an embarrassing air-kick from the England international.

By the way, Dejan Lovren now has the Liverpool captain's armband after James Milner went off.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

A half-time substitution for Liverpool with Alberto Moreno coming on to replace James Milner.

Milner, who had been the Reds' stand-in captain today, was on a yellow card.

And we are back under way.

The stats so far

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

The half-time stats indicate Liverpool's dominance. But we are still level in the only stat that really matters.

Stats
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Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Elsewhere in the Premier League

Scores
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Seriously ill Bradley wins goal of the month

We mentioned early on that five-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who is seriously ill with neuroblastoma, has won Match of the Day's Goal of the Month award.

Now you can enjoy the goal again here.

Seriously ill Bradley wins goal of the month on Match of the Day

HALF-TIME

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

But it is a complete waste and that is the half-time whistle.

Liverpool have dominated possession and took the lead through Daniel Sturridge's second Premier League goal of the season.

However, the lead only lasted for six minutes before Jermain Defoe converted a penalty after Ragnar Klavan tripped Didier Ndong.

Vito Mannone has been in fine form to deny any more Liverpool goals and we go in at the break one apiece.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

And in the last few seconds of the half, Sunderland have a corner.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool's James Milner swings in the set-piece towards the near post but Fabio Borini does well to head clear any danger.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

A corner to Liverpool in injury time.

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

10 - Jermain Defoe has become the 4th player to score 10+ goals in 10 different PL seasons (Shearer, Rooney and Lampard). Reliable.

GREAT SAVE!

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Another good save from Vito Mannone, who is certainly earning his money today. Daniel Sturridge cuts in from the right flank, on to his left foot and shoots from 20 yards with the ball bouncing just in front of the diving goalkeeper.

But Mannone does well to push it to safety. We remain at 1-1.

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Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Vieira151: I don't care that it's only half an hour in, please take Can off, Klopp. He is playing absolutely abysmal.

Ali-Reza Panjwani: No chance getting 3 points today. Just have that 'LFC / inconsistent / let it slip / Palace type' feeling. Sorry lads.#LFC

Emre Can and Adnan Januzaj
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'Definitely a penalty'

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

It's definitely a penalty. He (Didier Ndong) goes through Wijnaldum and Klavan, Klavan sticks his leg out and it's a foul.

But what a penalty that is from Jermain Defoe, under pressure, it almost goes in off the post.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

James Milner is wearing the captain's armband for Liverpool today with Jordan Henderson out injured. And the stand-in captain has just become the first Reds player to be booked, for a foul on former team-mate Fabio Borini.

GREAT SAVE!

Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

What a chance for Sunderland and they should be ahead. Jermain Defoe breaks the Liverpool offside trap after Adnan Januzaj's through ball and the striker is one-on-one with away goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

But Mignolet does well to get a hand on to it, with Fabio Borini shooting wide from the rebound.

Jermain Defoe looks dejected
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GOAL - Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland, penalty)

That is his 10th goal of the season and Jermain Defoe has brought Sunderland level. His penalty is right in the bottom corner, Simon Mignolet dived the right way but could not stop it.

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland scores
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Jermain Defoe of Sunderland celebrates
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PENALTY to Sunderland

Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

But Sunderland have an instant chance to equalise after Ragnar Klavan bundles over Didier Ndong in the penalty area.

Jermain Defoe to take it.

GOAL - Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

It had been coming, and Liverpool take a deserved lead.

A corner from the right falls to Dejan Lovren, who mishits a shot at goal, with the ball bouncing down into the ground, but Daniel Sturridge reacts fastest to flick a header from four yards out past Vito Mannone.

That is only Sturridge's second Premier League goal of the season.

Daniel Sturridge scores
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Daniel Sturridge celebrates
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