FT: Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3

The match is over. Liverpool have beaten Sunderland 3-1. Suarez and Sturridge will get the headlines but the hosts can at least point to an improved display.

90+3
We have a late break in play as Sturridge goes down with cramp. He returns to his feet and the match will be over very soon.

90+2
Johnson fires a wild effort high over the bar as time gets very close to running out for Sunderland.

90+1
Sunderland look to push forward but they are now 3-1 down and hopes of a comeback are gone.

90
We will have three minutes of additional time.

89
GOAL SUAREZ! Liverpool break at speed. Sturridge finds himself in space and knocks the ball across the six-yard box for Suarez to score his second goal of the afternoon.

88
Toure returns to the field and Mignolet tips a cross behind for a corner, which is cleared.

87
Toure looks like he's injured. He's off the field and appears to have hurt his shoulder.

86
Ki wins a free-kick as he is bundled over by Suarez just inside the Sunderland half.

85
Sunderland make a change with Charis Mavrias replacing Larsson.

84
Johnson's corner from the right is punched clear by Mignolet. The Liverpool goalkeeper still has work to do if his side are to claim victory today.

83
Lucas is the first Liverpool player to be booked today. He will now miss the match against Crystal Palace as that's his fifth caution of the season.

82
Cuellar wins the ball from Sterling with a strong challenge on the right flank. Liverpool are the side looking the more dangerous at the moment.

81
Colback is booked for a clumsy challenge on Sterling. Free-kick to Liverpool on the halfway line.

80
Toure's driven effort from the edge of the box is tipped over the bar by Westwood. The resulting corner is headed clear by Cuellar.

79
Sterling is punished for a foul throw. That's the second one we've seen today!

78
Very good work from Toure as he ushers Giaccherini and the ball out of play for a goal-kick. Another impressive performance from the Liverpool defender.

77
Liverpool also make a change with Raheem Sterling taking over from Moses.

76
Sunderland make the first change of the match with Ondrej Celustka taking the place of Cattermole.

75
Suarez sends an effort just wide from the edge of the box. Liverpool are going close.

74
Johnson's low cross from the left is knocked clear by Sakho. This match continues to jump from end to end.

73
Suarez turns Enrique's cross from the left at goal but Westwood is equal to the challenge and saves.

72
Plenty of interest remaining in this match. Sunderland are pushing Liverpool all the way but the away side are starting to look more dangerous when they enter the final third.

71
Henderson can't keep the ball in play on the right as Moses overhits his pass.

70
Johnson's corner from the right is punched clear by Mignolet.

69
A cross from the left from Moses nearly finds the back of the next with Westwood beaten as the ball drifts just wide of his far post.

68
Suarez's corner from the left is easily cleared by Sunderland.

67
Moses' rasping effort from just inside the box is tipped over his bar by a strong save from Westwood.

66
Sturridge wins a free-kick on the right hand side of the Sunderland box as his shirt is pulled by Jack Colback. Correct call from the referee.

65
Suarez loses track of the ball on the edge of the Sunderland box and allows O'Shea to win possession. Liverpool are finding space when they break.

64
Larsson's free-kick from the left is met by a weak header and easily gathered by Mignolet. Terrific atmosphere at the Stadium of Light currently.

62
Altidore's powerful effort from 25 yards is gathered by Mignolet. Both goalkeepers should have more work to do in the remainder of this clash.

61
Sturridge tries to find Suarez with a through ball but the striker is eased away from it by Larsson and Westwood gathers possession.

60
Enrique wins a throw deep down the left flank as he is challenged by Gardner.

59
Skrtel charges forward from the back and wins a free-kick as he is tripped by Giaccherini on the halfway line. The Sunderland midfielder is booked.

58
Suarez's low cross from the right is turned clear by O'Shea. Sunderland need to maintain their composure with Liverpool finding a bit of space.

57
Good work from Ki to win the ball from Sturridge close to the Sunderland box. Much, much better performance from the Black Cats today.

56
Liverpool are keeping possession but Sunderland won't give them a moment of peace as they force the Reds back.

55
Larsson's corner from the left is headed clear by Sakho. Nervous times for Liverpool.

54
Gardner's low effort is tipped behind by Mignolet. Not convincing again from the Liverpool goalkeeper.

53
That makes this match very interesting. The home fans are right behind Sunderland now and they have shown enough so far today to worry Liverpool.

52
GOAL GIACCHERINI! Ki's effort from 25 yards is parried by Mignolet straight to Giaccherini and the Sunderland midfielder fires home. More poor work from the Liverpool goalkeeper to help give his former club hope.

52
Ki's cross from the left is headed clear by Skrtel as Sunderland try to up the pressure.

51
Altidore can't keep control of the ball but manages to win a throw after tangling with Toure.

50
Gerrard's corner from the left falls to Suarez at the far post and he pokes a shot wide of goal. The striker should have done better.

49
Suarez's effort from the edge of the box is deflected behind for a corner.

48
Liverpool scramble the ball clear as Sunderland look to find space for a shot. The away side need to maintain their focus.

47
Liverpool start the half with a spell of possession. The Reds are firmly in control with a 2-0 lead but there were a few nervous moments before the break.

46
Here we go again!

The players have returned to the field. Nearly time to get going again.

Here are the half-time Price Boosts from Sky Bet. Sunderland to win 3-2 is 110/1, Liverpool to win 4-2 is 10/1, Altidore to score next is 12/1, Suarez to score next is 6/1, Gerrard to score next & Liverpool to win 3-0 is 40/1 and Sturridge to score next & Liverpool to win 4-1 is 80/1.

HT
The referee blows his whistle for half-time. Liverpool lead 2-0 but that doesn't tell the full story with Sunderland producing an improved performance. There will certainly be plenty said about Sturridge's controversial goal.

45+2
Henderson's cross from the right is easily picked up by Westwood at his near post.

45+1
We are in the first of two minutes of additional time.

45
The corner from the left finds Johnson on the opposite side of the box. He makes space for a shot and fires his effort just over. Sunderland continue to cause problems for Liverpool.

44
Mignolet keeps out a low effort from Gardner with his legs. Great save from Mignolet to give himself a confidence boost. Corner to Sunderland.

43
Johnson's cross from the right hits the top of the Sunderland bar and bounces behind for a goal-kick. No real worries for Mignolet but he still hasn't been at his best.

42
Giaccherini is punished for a foul throw. Very sloppy.

41
Liverpool haven't been completely secure at the back today. That will give Sunderland hope as they need to fight back from 2-0 down.

40
Mignolet flaps at Sunderland's latest corner but again escapes from trouble with his defence clearing.

39
Gardner's free-kick deflects off the Liverpool wall and behind for a corner.

38
Sunderland have a free-kick on the edge of the Liverpool box after the ball hits the hand of Sakho.

37
Liverpool are now in full control of this match. Sunderland have performed well but still manage to find themselves 2-0 down.

36
GOAL SUAREZ! Sturridge storms down the right and knocks the ball across the six-yard box for Suarez to knock a simple effort home. Liverpool lead 2-0 and the returning striker has netted.

35
Johnson's corner from the right is punched away by Mignolet and Liverpool clear. The performance of the Reds goalkeeper on his return to Sunderland has been shaky.

34
Gardner's cross from the right deflects off Enrique and goes behind for a Sunderland corner.

33
Gerrard's corner from the left evades everyone in the box and goes behind for a goal-kick.

32
Sturridge's cross from the right finds Henderson at the far post but Sunderland react to concede a corner.

31
Larsson's corner from the left causes Mignolet problems as he drops the ball before gathering at the second escape with a little help from Toure. Lucky for the Liverpool goalkeeper.

30
Larsson has a shot deflected behind for a corner as Sunderland look to bounce back.

29
Replays clearly show the ball hit the arm of Sturridge. It wasn't deliberate as he misjudged a header but certainly a lucky break for Liverpool with the goal standing.

28
GOAL STURRIDGE! The corner from the left comes off the arm of Sturridge and finds the back of the net. It was a hard one for the officials to spot and the goal stands to give Liverpool the lead.

27
Enrique's cross from the left deflects off Gardner and behind for a corner.

26
Moses tries his luck with a volley in the Sunderland box but can only send the ball high over the bar. Both sides continue to find space in the final third.

25
Giaccherini has an appeal for a penalty turned down as he tumbles in a challenge with Tour. Correct decision from referee Howard Webb to wave play on.

24
Sebastian Larsson's free-kick leaves Mignolet with no chance but the bar comes to the Liverpool goalkeeper's rescue and the ball bounce clear. Great effort to bring us oh so close to the first goal of the afternoon.

23
Emanuele Giaccherini wins a free-kick as he is knocked to the ground by a challenge from Lucas. Sunderland can have a shot from 25 yards out.

22
Ki makes space for himself 25 yards from the Liverpool goal but only manages to send his shot wide of Simon Mignolet's right hand post.

21
The ball bounces around the Sunderland box from the corner but the danger is eventually cleared.

20
A shot from Jordan Henderson is deflected behind for a corner.

19
Altidore is caught offside as he battles for the ball with Mamadou Sakho. Sunderland continue to put in plenty of effort as they look to prove a point following Paolo Di Canio's exit.

18
Moses takes a tumble on the halfway line as he is pushed over by Cattermole. The Sunderland midfielder is conceding quite a few free-kicks today.

17
We wait as Suarez walks off the pitch following attention from the physio. He is fine to continue.

16
Suarez slips as he tries to beat Gardner on the left flank. The referee gives a free-kick and the Liverpool striker needs some treatment.

15
Suarez's corner from the left is headed clear by Cuellar.

14
O'Shea challenges Suarez and knocks the ball behind for a corner.

13
Liverpool hand possession to Sunderland on the edge of their own box and nearly get punished as Jozy Altidore's resulting shot is blocked.

12
Toure scrambles the ball away from the Liverpool box at the end of a spell of Sunderland pressure. Bright start from the hosts in a match they need to impress in.

11
Plenty of action early on as Johnson drags a shot wide from the edge of the Liverpool box. Both sides looking lively.

10
Gerrard's free-kick is parried by Keiren Westwood and Martin Skrtel turns home the rebound. The linesman though has his flag correctly up for offside so no goal.

9
Sturridge takes a tumble on the edge of the box under Lee Cattermole's challenge and the referee rightly gives a free-kick.

8
Jose Enrique's cross from the left is cleared by John O'Shea. Plenty of play down the flanks so far.

7
Ki's cross from the left is headed away by Toure. Decent couple of minutes for Sunderland as they keep Liverpool pushed back.

6
Adam Johnson's free-kick from the right deflects off the Liverpool wall and the away side clear the loose ball.

5
Sunderland clear the corner but the ball is worked back to Suarez. The striker charges forward and fires a rasping effort just over the bar.

4
Steven Gerrard's low cross from the right is turned behind for a corner by Carlos Cuellar.

3
Daniel Sturridge storms down the right flank but his pass doesn't find Luiz Suarez and Sunderland scramble the ball clear.

2
Craig Gardner's cross from the right evades everyone in the Sunderland box and goes out of play for a throw on the opposite flank.

1
Here we go!

The players are on the pitch. Very close to kick-off now.

Jackob writes: "I was watching the style of play and comparing Sunderland playing against MK Dons when Di Canio was in charge and against Peterborough when Di Canio was sacked. It wasn't like Sunderland you'd seen before, they were threatening everywhere and I think they will win against Liverpool 1-0 with Altidore scoring."

Here are five facts from Opta for today's match....

1. Sunderland have scored only 12 goals in 24 Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool.

2. Sunderland have won only three of their 24 Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool but all three victories have come at the Stadium of Light.

3. Liverpool are the only team yet to score in the second half in the Premier League this season.

4. Livepool's Simon Mignolet has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season (25).

5. Eight of Sunderland's last 10 Premier League home games have seen three goals or fewer scored.

Here is a bit more information about today's line-ups: "Luis Suarez is handed his first Premier League appearance since April for Liverpool. The 26-year-old striker returned from his 10-game suspension in the Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United in midweek, and is included in an unchanged side by Brendan Rodgers, who also keeps faith with Black Cats old boys Simon Mignolet and Jordan Henderson. Interim Sunderland head coach Kevin Ball names the same team which started against Peterborough in midweek, and that means a first league start for midfielder Lee Cattermole since February 9.

Liverpool fan Nathan is feeling pretty, pretty, pretty good: "Liverpool to win 4-0... can see Suarez running the defence ragged today, but Sturridge to grab the headlines with a hat-trick."

Here are the Sky Bet odds for the match. Liverpool are favourites at 8/13, Sunderland are 5/1 and the draw can be backed at 3/1. The interesting Price Boosts for the match are: Luis Suarez to score first at 11/2, Jozy Altidore to score first at 10/1, Sunderland to win 1-0 at 16/1 and Liverpool to win 3-0 at 16/1.

The Sunderland team for today is: Westwood, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Cuellar, Larsson, Ki, Cattermole, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore. The subs are: Wickham, Celustka, Ba, Mannone, Ji, Roberge, Mavrias.

The Liverpool team for today is: Mignolet, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge. The subs are: Jones, Agger, Aspas, Ilori, Sterling, Ibe, Wisdom.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the Barclays Premier League clash between Sunderland and Liverpool. This is an interesting game for both teams with the Black Cats starting top-flight life without Paolo Di Canio and the Reds looking to bounce back after a couple of defeats in a row. Team news to follow shortly and thoughts ahead of kick-off can be sent to Nick Hext at nick.hext@bskyb.com as I guide you through the action.

Premier League Fixtures

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  
Southampton v Newcastle  
Stoke v Leicester  
Sunderland v Tottenham  
West Brom v Everton  
17:30
Liverpool v A Villa  
Sunday, 14 September 2014
16:00
Man Utd v QPR  

Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Sat, 30 Aug 2014

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