Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3

by James, Junior Black Cats reporter

Suarez double downs Black Cats.

After Tuesday night’s win over Peterborough in the Capital One Cup, The Lads gave a good account of themselves against an in form Liverpool, but could not stop Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez earning the Reds all three points.

Liverpool had the ball in the back of the net after only 8 minutes, but failed to beat the offside trap. Cattermole’s foul on Daniel Sturridge 20 yards out resulted in the deadly Steven Gerrard standing over the ball and his low shot was well saved by Keiren Westwood before the Irishman then saw Martin Skrtel slam the ball into the net but, to the Black Cats’ relief, Darren Cann raised his flag on the far side.

It was then the home side’s turn to worry the opposition via a free kick. Giaccherini, who was fouled by Lucas, won a free kick 30 yards out. The position suited Seb Larsson and it was the Swede who crashed the ball against the bar, with ex-Black Cat Simon Mignolet truly beaten in the Liverpool goal.

Despite a good opening half an hour or so, the Lads fell behind to a 28th minute Sturridge goal. Gerrard’s in-swinging corner was met by the frontman’s upper-arm. However, the officials failed to spot the handball and the goal stood, with the away side 1-0 up and Sunderland feeling unlucky.

Eight minutes later, the away side doubled their lead. The Sunderland attack broke down and skipper Gerrard picked up the loose ball, sending a beautiful cross field ball to Sturridge, who cut towards the by-line, beating Carlos Cuellar, who was making his first start of the season, before poking the ball across the face of the goal. Suarez then broke into the box and tapped the ball into an empty net, scoring his sixth goal against the Black Cats in six games.

Sunderland could have halved the deficit just before half time if it wasn’t for Mignolet’s close range save. Cattermole chipped the ball over the Reds’ back line, with right back Craig Gardner finding some space. However, the shot was well blocked by Mignolet’s leg and the half time scored remained 2-0.

Seven minutes into the second half and Giaccherini scored his third goal in Sunderland colours. The on loan Ki turned and unleashed a powerful long range effort, which was parried. The Italian gladly received the push out by Mignolet and duly placed the ball into the top corner in front of the 41,500 fans.

Two minutes later and Gardner had his second chance of the match. This time, he was 25 yards out and at an angle but still tested Mignolet with a pile driver of a shot. The Belgian stopper saw the ball late but reacted quickly to push the ball around the post for a corner.

Victor Moses then gave the Lads a warning sign, with his deflected effort well saved by Westwood. Despite the hosts’ pressure, it was Liverpool who scored the final goal.

A quick break saw Sturridge on the left side of the box. Again, he flashed the ball across the box and again Suarez was there to tap in for an 89th minute goal.

Sunderland team: Keiren Westwood, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, John O’Shea ©, Carlos Cuellar, Ki, Lee Cattermole (Ondrej Celustka), Seb Larsson (Charis Mavrias), Emanuele Giaccherini, Adam Johnson and Jozy Altidore.

Subs not used: Ji, Vito Mannone, Elhadji Ba, Connor Wickham, Valentin Roberge.

Liverpool team: Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Lucas, Steven Gerrard, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson, Victor Moses (Raheem Stirling), Danny Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

Subs not used: Brad Jones, Tiago Llori, Andre Wisdom, Iago Aspas, Daniel Agger and Ibe.