Sturridge and Suarez sink Sunderland

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Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

Premier League, Sunday 29th September 2013

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 29, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal against Sunderland with team-mate Luis Suarez during the Premiership match at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The combination of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is one that is good enough to grace any Champions League side and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the duo can combine as they did here to take Liverpool back to Europe’s elite this season. The Reds weren’t great but their front two provided the goals that gave them victory to push them back up to second in the Premier League.

Liverpool lined up with three at the back again as Rodgers picked the same side that lost at Old Trafford in midweek.

The Reds, playing in their third kit of purple, black and white, were two goals up at the break after Daniel Sturridge had nodded them in the lead – admittedly with a little help from his arm – and then set-up Suarez for his first goal since April.

Sunderland got back into the game when Giaccherini followed up Ki’s shot was parried by Mignolet shortly after half-time.

Liverpool hadn’t scored a second half League goal yet this season and again looked tired. But a quick counter attack in the final minute saw Sturridge set-up Suarez to make the points safe.

Lucas picked up, incredibly, his fifth booking of the season which means he misses next week’s visit of Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Goals: Sturridge 28? Suarez 36?, 89?

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Enrique, Moses (Sterling 75), Suarez, Sturridge.
Subs not used: Jones, Ilori, Wisdom, Agger, Aspas.

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 41,415

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