Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland
0-1 Sterling (19) 0-2 Suarez (26), 0-3 Suarez (52)
So another good win and another game were we took our chances? Like the QPR game we got off to a great start and were able to kill the game off relatively early.
Although the score sheet will see Suarez getting another double there was more to it than that. This game suggested that it not just the Uruguayan who is providing optimism. Suarez linked up effectively with Raheem Sterling both were involved with each others goals. It also cannot be just a co-incidence that since Lucas has returned Steven Gerrard is coming back to the fore. No goals this time however another great match and again, like Sterling, a hand in most of tonight’s major, key moments. Then of course there was our new signing Daniel Sturridge sitting in the stands it looks like he will make his debut this weekend in the Cup against Mansfield and he will, on tonight’s evidence at least, be looking forward to pulling on red and getting at it?.
BR made two changes from the QPR game Wisdom replaced the injured Enrique and in midfield Allen sat it out while Lucas took over. The score line and the goal times might suggest, we began well. However before that Sunderland began fairly well knocking the ball around confidently however the writing was soon on the wall, Downing’s free kick forced a decent save from Mignolet in the Sunderland goal. Soon after it was a goal of the double lob. Suarez in the centre circle found Sterling who also took out his “pitching wedge”, kept his head and coolly lifted it over the advancing Mignolet.
Sunderland had a chance to equalise immediately when they carved their way through a rather worryingly static stand offish defence only to see McClean fire wide. However, nerves were soon settled when Gerrard found Suarez on the right who manfully rode Cueller’s clumsy challenge, and homed in on goal to smack through Mignolet for his second. It’s perhaps worth noting that on another day in earlier times Suarez might have chosen to go down under Cueller’s challenge which was a definite foul. Perhaps had it been nearer to the penalty area he might have s a free kick would surely have been given? Thankfully it was further out and, dare I say it without being knocked, Suarez curbed his “natural instincts”!
After the second we had the confidence to go forward more however, the defence still showed enough to suggest that someone like The Mancs, our next league opponents might not be unwilling to give us as leeway as Sunderland did. Johnson’s cross from Larsson’s free kick found Fletcher who had wriggled free and the volley and subsequent follow up from Kilgallon was well saved by Reina.
Nonetheless a third was always on the cards and once more the move involved all or some of the creative triangle of Suarez, Sterling and Gerrard. All three combined to well before Sterling found himself bearing down on Mignolet however this time his shot went well wide. It was nice intricate passing move which lead to the chance and most have pleased BR however the goal was simply opportunist route one. Gerrard, well inside his own half picked out Suarez on the edge of the penalty yard area with a long raking pass, the Uruguayan did the rest to surpass his tally his tally of goals for last season.
After that it would have been no surprise had we notched up a fourth. Gerrard’s deflected shot off Johnson was well saved by Mignolet who then did well to charge off his line and deny Suarez his hat trick. Rose did well to block Allen’s shot who then followed up this up with a effort into the side netting. It not to be the Welshman’s day as later he did find the net only to have it ruled offside. However, by then Sunderland, despite their chances, like the beach ball goal their fans still continually, and tiresomely, remind us, were well and truly deflated
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel (Carragher – 73′ ), Wisdom, Gerrard, Henderson, Suso – 67′ ), Downing, Lucas, Sterling (Allen – 57′ ), Suarez Substitutes: Jones, Carragher, Robinson, Sahin, Allen, Shelvey, Suso
Sunderland: Mignolet, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose (Vaughan – 73′ ), Larsson (McFadden – 62′ ), Gardner, Colback, Johnson, McClean Booked, Sessegnon (Campbell – 46′ ), Fletcher Substitutes: Westwood, Bardsley, Bramble, Vaughan, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden