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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

By Mike KeeganBBC Sport
Steven Gerrard
  • Liverpool miss out on three wins in a row for first time this term
  • Gerrard comes off the bench but cannot inspire win
  • Sunderland bounce back from Manchester City thrashing
  • Sterling denied late penalty

Liverpool failed to build on their midweek triumph at Leicester City after a drab home draw with Sunderland.

Steven Gerrard was rested, perhaps with one eye on Tuesday's must-win Champions League game with Basel, but the hosts struggled without their captain.

Wes Brown and Connor Wickham wasted decent chances for the well-drilled visitors.

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling had a late penalty appeal turned down but Sunderland were good value for a draw.

It took the home side 17 minutes to win their first corner and it was a further six minutes before they registered their first effort on goal, when Rickie Lambert headed well wide and combining with former Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana.

Gerrard still world class - Rodgers

Liverpool were missing Gerrard's drive and, when he was sent out to warm up by Rodgers before the half-hour mark, he was met with rapturous applause from a previously slumbering crowd.

Things could have got a lot worse for the hosts when, in the last action of a turgid first half, Brown rose unmarked to meet Sebastian Larsson's corner, but the former Manchester United nodded the glorious chance over the bar.

The visitors came out firing after the interval and should have taken the lead when Wickham, unmarked at the far post, volleyed a half-cleared Larsson corner wide.

Rodgers had seen enough and sent on Gerrard for Lallana after 67 minutes. Almost immediately, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet introduced Lee Cattermole for Larsson to stifle the threat.

Liverpool began to exert belated pressure and Sterling, set free by Gerrard, teed up Philippe Coutinho. But his low effort was saved by a previously redundant Costel Pantilimon.

Jordi Gomez had a long-range shot held by Simon Mignolet after a Sunderland break, while Sterling went down looking for a late penalty but his appeals went unheard.

Sunderland need to start scoring - Poyet

Building will begin on expanding Liverpool's main stand on Monday and it appears that Rodgers also has a lot of work to do on the pitch.

His men, missing the injured Daniel Sturridge, are now ninth in the Premier League table, four points adrift of fifth place.

A week that started so well for Poyet's charges with a creditable draw at Chelsea has ended the same way thanks to another resolute performance that leaves them two points clear of the drop zone.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I thought the players gave everything and in the second half. They needed a wee bit of luck and it didn't come.

"If you can't win it's important you don't lose. We've taken seven points from nine this week which is a good return for us.

"Stevie [Gerrard] coming on gave everyone a lift. I thought him and Raheem [Sterling] were outstanding."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I think there are times in life when you get opportunities. Today we lost a great opportunity to win at Anfield.

"In terms of defending and keeping a clean sheet we went back to the basics.

"We need to score more goals and be more clinical. The most important thing is to win and at the moment we cannot win too many."

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 37Skrtel
  • 4K Touré
  • 18Moreno
  • 14Henderson
  • 21LeivaBooked at 51mins
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forGerrardat 67'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forMarkovicat 78'minutes
  • 31Sterling
  • 9Lambert

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 3Enrique Sanchez Diaz
  • 6Lovren
  • 8Gerrard
  • 23Can
  • 24Allen
  • 50Markovic

Sunderland

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27VerginiBooked at 41mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 15Réveillere
  • 4BridcuttBooked at 60mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forBuckleyat 79'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forCattermoleat 70'minutes
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 10Wickham
  • 17AltidoreSubstituted forÁlvarezat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cattermole
  • 8Rodwell
  • 9Fletcher
  • 20Álvarez
  • 25Mannone
  • 30Buckley
  • 34Robson
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
44,716

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 0, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

  4. Post update

    Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lazar Markovic.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Booking

    William Buckley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

  20. Post update

    Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea15113134132136
2Man City15103232141833
3Southampton1482424101426
4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
6Arsenal156542418623
7Newcastle156541718-123
8Swansea146441914522
9Liverpool156361919021
10Tottenham156361821-321
11Everton154652423118
12Stoke155371720-318
13Aston Villa14446818-1016
14Sunderland152941323-1015
15Crystal Palace153571823-514
16West Brom153571420-614
17QPR154291627-1114
18Hull152761521-613
19Burnley152671024-1412
20Leicester142481424-1010
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