FT: Liverpool 3 Sunderland 0

Full Time. That's it! All over. Comfortable win for Liverpool as they beat Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield.

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Suso with the shot that's deflected for a corner.

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There will be two minutes of added time.

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Suarez getting increasingly frustrated by the offside flag and showing some petulance there. He was offside again so the official was right but Suarez is desperate for this hat-trick.

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Allen has the ball in the net this time but the flag was already up for offside.

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Chance! Allen hits the sidenetting from close range at the near post as he attempts to turn in Johnson's centre.

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Suarez is still looking for that hat-trick. Here he has a shot blocked before Gerrard hits a spectacular volley over the bar.

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McFadden almost threads a pass through to Fletcher but has to make do with a corner that Liverpool clear.

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Johnson with a powerful right-footed effort from distance that flies just wide of the post.

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Johnson with the cross but with Fletcher the only target that runs harmlessly out of play for a goal-kick.

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Liverpool have the ball in the net for the fourth but Johnson is ruled to have been offside in the build-up. He was, just.

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Carragher on for Skrtel.

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Vaughan on for Rose.

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Downing gets away down the left and the cut-back finds Allen but his shot is deflected over the bar.

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Suarez with a delightful first touch to get away from his marker Kilgallon and it is only the quick thinking of Mignolet that saves at the forward's feet to deny the hat-trick.

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Downing feeds Suarez and the striker's curled effort is too close to Mignolet.

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Suso on for Henderson.

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Downing with the lofted cross that Gerrard volleys crisply from the edge of the area. His sweet connection finds the head of Johnson and Mignolet reacts quickly to tip over.

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The game still being played at a high tempo with Liverpool seemingly keen to push for more goals.

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McFadden on for Larsson.

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Suarez hits his tame effort into the wall.

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McClean booked for that.

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Suarez fouled on the edge of the box just as he is about to go for the hat-trick.

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Gerrard sees a shot blocked.

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Allen on for Sterling.

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Black Cats on the attack but Colback's cross from the left could not find an away shirt and Reina takes.

Gerrard with a trademark long-range pass that arrowed through the Sunderland defence. At first it looked world-class although it's worth mentioning that the gap between the visiting centre-backs was enormous. No matter. Suarez collected neatly and forced the ball past Mignolet. Game over.

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Goal! Luis Suarez with his second goal! What a pass from Steven Gerrard!

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Delicious first-time pass from Suarez cushions the ball through to Sterling. He's one-on-one but this time the chip doesn't come off and drifts wide.

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Phenomenal skill from Fletcher as he turns away from two before showing a little too much ambition with his through-ball for Campbell.

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Campbell has the chance to break but just shovels a ball out to Fletcher and it is easy to cut out.

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Suarez shows good endeavour as he tries to wriggle away near the right byline but the ball ricochets back off him for a goal-kick.

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Quality cross from Henderson on the right and Sunderland concede a corner.

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Liverpool kick-off and we are underway.

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Campbell on for Sessegnon.

Half Time. That's the end of the first half with Liverpool 2-0 up on Sunderland. Looks like it'll be a comfortable night for the home team at Anfield.

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There will be one minute of added time.

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Howls from the crowd as Lucas is adjudged to have fouled Larsson. It was a little robust but the free-kick comes to nothing anyway as Reina claims.

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Gerrard nearly finds Agger with the free-kick but Gardner puts the ball out for a corner. That comes to nothing when Skrtel heads wide under pressure.

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Patient build-up by Liverpool before Sterling is tripped.

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Genius from Suarez. His touch is astonishing as he spins Kilgallon and then finds Henderson with a reverse pass. He helps the ball on to Downing in space on the opposite flank to Suarez's original run and fires off a shot that is deflected wide. Quality play.

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Liverpool calming things down with a spell of possession before Suarez tries a left-foot volley that trickles through to Mignolet.

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Chance! The first shot from Larsson is blocked but then Johnson finds Kilgallon in space from the rebound. He could square the ball for Fletcher unmarked in the centre but instead attempts the sidefoot volley from the angle and Reina manages to scoop the ball away at the second attempt.

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Skrtel with another foul on Fletcher. That's several now. Free-kick in a dangerous position.

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Ambitious long-range effort from Henderson as he strikes the bouncing ball but Mignolet gathers.

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Sunderland seeing plenty of the ball but are in real danger of being dead and buried by half-time as Liverpool are relishing breaking quickly.

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The ball comes to Gardner again on the edge and his shot is deflected to Larsson who has the chance to beat Reina from inside the box but fires straight at the Liverpool keeper.

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Gardner strikes a free-kick well and it takes a deflection for a corner.

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Henderson with a good cross from the right but Downing cannot quite get on the end of it despite getting in behind Gardner.

Cuellar tries to block off Suarez and the assistant flags for the foul but at that moment the Sunderland defender loses his balance and tumbles. Suarez is quick to react and runs through with the ball before the referee can blow for the foul. Instead he waves play on and the Uruguayan runs through down the right channel and fires a shot past Mignolet to double the lead.

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Goal! Luis Suarez takes advantage of the referee's decision to play advantage and that's 2-0!

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Suarez now running at the Sunderland defence in the right channel and finds a good cross but Cuellar does well to hook clear at the near post.

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Miss! Now it's a striker setting up a winger at the other end. Fletcher does brilliantly to feed the ball to McClean inside the area. He's perfectly placed in the left channel inside the box but misses the target. Wonderful opportunity.

Mignolet with the goal-kick and when the ball is headed back to Suarez he chests the ball with his back to goal before hooking the ball over his shoulder to find the untracked run of the advancing Sterling. One-on-one with the keeper, Mignolet rushes out to make up the youngster's mind for him but Sterling still had to execute the lob and did so superbly.

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Goal! Raheem Sterling with the lob!

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Downing overhits this cross and there was nobody there anyway. Not so good from the much-maligned winger but he has started well.

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Sterling has a run at Rose but it's McClean helping out who dispossesses the winger.

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Gerrard robbed by McClean and then Henderson commits the foul. Sunderland can launch the ball into the box but Liverpool clear.

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Nice build-up play by Rodgers' side but then Johnson doesn't follow Suarez's pass and it runs through to Mignolet.

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Sessegnon and Fletcher doing well to win possession high up the field for Sunderland.

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Save! Downing with a good effort from the free-kick as he curls the ball towards the near-post. It's going in but is a good height for Mignolet and he saves at full-stretch.

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Cute turn by Suarez as he rolls Kilgallon to win a free-kick on the right-edge of the box.

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Sessegnon with a clever run down the left but his deflected cut-back isn't read by Fletcher. Then there is more good wingplay from Downing on the Liverpool left. Open game.

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Wisdom with a driving run before checking for Gerrard to cross. Sunderland clear to the edge of the box and then play breaks down when Downing is called offside.

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Gerrard feigns to shoot but knocks the ball wide to Wisdom. He does shoot but blasts the ball well over the bar.

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Dangerous ball in from Downing at the other end but Sunderland clear.

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Sunderland on the front foot here before McClean handballs to relieve the pressure.

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Johnson swings the ball in and Liverpool clear only as far as Gardner whose shot is deflected for a corner.

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Agger plays a couple of quick one-twos but then loses out to Sessegnon who turns well and gets Fletcher away. Skrtel commits the foul and that's a Sunderland free-kick.

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Better possession by the home side and then Gerrard looks for the killer ball to Wisdom in behind Rose but gets too much on it and that's our for a goal-kick.

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Liverpool nearly get themselves intro trouble by overplaying as Lucas comes deep to collect and Skrtel has to stretch to keep the ball in play in the right-back position. Competitive start with both teams pressing the ball.

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Decent spell of possession from the visitors before Rose punts a ball down the line that runs through for Reina to collect.

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Sunderland kick-off in their change kit and we are underway.

Rodgers and O'Neill share a joke before kick-off. The Liverpool boss looks back to full health.

The Sunderland fans look in good spirits and Daniel Sturridge is in his suit waiting to see his new team in action. The players are out on the pitch to good reception. Thanks for your feedback. We'll be underway very shortly.

Gary: "I've gone with the Sky Bet special of Suarez first goal and a 3-0 or 4-0 win for the Reds. I came close with the QPR game as I had 3-1 with Suarez first goal!!"

Ann: "Liverpool to win 3-1."

Chris from the British forces in Germany has been in touch. "Liverpool should and will win tonight," says Chris. "They are all over the Rodgers style of play now and Sunderland are missing some key players. At least three home team goals tonight."

Mikey: "Seen some bad comments, at the end of the day Liverpool need consistency, and Martin O'Neil will have come for a draw, he's not going to go all out at Anfield, even if we are what our critics say... i mean that's a weak Sunderland team, and i see little threat, 3-1 Liverpool!"

Whereas, of the players who have scored more than six Premier League goals this season, none have had fewer shots per game than eight-goal Fletcher.

Very different players though. Luis Suarez has averaged 12.2 touches in the opposition box per game this season, no other player in the Premier League has more than 7.3.

Lots of picks for Suarez and Fletcher. It's almost as though these two teams are over-reliant on their centre-forward.

Rob: "I'm a Liverpool supporter and I am confident of a Liverpool win tonight! I'm going to say 3-1 home win with two for Suarez and one for Gerrard. Fletcher to get the opener for the visitors. Don't think Henderson should be playing, think both Sahin and Allen are better players."

Iain: "Liverpool to win 2-1. With Skrtel heading one and Suarez getting the other. Sunderland's to come from Fletcher."

Interesting song choice at Anfield. Doom and Gloom by the Rolling Stones...

Lucas comes in for Joe Allen alongside Steven Gerrard in the Liverpool midfield. Gerrard is one of only two midfielders/forwards in the Premier League this season to play every minute of every game. He has also scored in each of Liverpool's last two games at Anfield.

No Joe Cole in the Liverpool squad this evening. He's believed to be down in London negotiating a move to former club West Ham.

And the Black Cats kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League in 2012. Only Manchester City managed more.

So it could be a tight game this evening. Each of the last four meetings between Liverpool and Sunderland have featured fewer than three goals.

Liverpool have also won only two of their last seven Premier League games against Sunderland, after winning each of the previous six.

Liverpool have been a bit hit and miss lately. The Reds have alternated a win and a loss in each of their last five games. If this run continues they will lose this match.

David: "Born and bred lifelong Liverpool fan, but I am not confident about tonight's game. Lucas is not yet up to speed after a long lay-off, Sterling, for all his pace, is a baby and simply not strong enough yet to compete against a physical side like Sunderland, Henderson and Downing are both average players with a poor record since joining Liverpool and Gerrard is a year past his best. Yes, Suarez is world class, but looking at the Sunderland team tonight I think Liverpool will do well to get a draw and I could see Sunderland even winning. I hate myself for saying this, but that's the way I see it."

Jonathan: "I'm going for a 2-1 win for Liverpool this evening with Suarez and Agger on the scoresheet. I think Liverpool have made a good signing in Sturridge as I feel when Suarez has an off-day then the whole team suffers! Liverpool are still very leaky at the back which is why I can't wait to get Reina out of my dreamteam on the next transfer window!"

Darragh: "Really hope Suarez notches a hat-trick tonight, I have him captain on my fantasy team!! Going for 4-1 Liverpool win with Sterling and Fletcher to score as well!!"

Liverpool: Reina; Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Lucas, Gerrard; Sterling, Henderson, Downing; Suarez.

Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean; Fletcher, Sessegnon.

Louis: "I think Liverpool will win tonight 3-1, they need it."

Okba says: "I'm a long-time Liverpool fan from my place of birth Baghdad. It hurts to see my favourite team not doing well. Too many chances missed. I hope for a 3-0 to Liverpool with Gerrard Suarez and Johnson all to score. The crazy thing is they are playing well but can't finsh the game where it matters. So sad for Liverpool. Hope they have better luck today."

Sturridge will watch from the stands at Anfield this evening. The teams are in and will be up shortly.

Ben asks: "Any chance Sturridge will kit up tonight?"

Any thoughts or predictions ahead of this one? Let me know by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one and rate Liverpool as the 4/11 favourites with Sunderland as 8/1 underdogs. The draw is available at 7/2.

Liverpool will move up to eighth in the table with victory here, while Sunderland can lift themselves into the top 12 with a surprise three points.

Welcome to live and interactive text commentary of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield.

Kick-off is at 1945 GMT.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
Man City v Stoke Live
Newcastle v C Palace Live
QPR v Sunderland Live
Swansea v West Brom Live
West Ham v Southampton Live
17:30
Everton v Chelsea
Sunday, 31 August 2014
13:30
A Villa v Hull City
Tottenham v Liverpool
16:00
Leicester v Arsenal
Saturday, 13 September 2014
12:45
Arsenal v Man City  
15:00
Chelsea v Swansea  
C Palace v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 Sunderland 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 3 -1 2
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 Burnley 3 -3 1
19 C Palace 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Sat, 30 Aug 2014

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