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Liverpool 1 Sunderland 1

By Andy
Saturday 13th August 2011
It's an old cliché but it really was a game of two halves today at Anfield. The first half belonged to Liverpool and after just five minutes the home side were awarded a penalty after Kieran Richardson had brought down Luis Suarez in the box after the Uruguayan striker had rounded the Sunderland keeper Mignolet. Phil Dowd's decision to only award a yellow card left the home crowd frustrated. Suarez stepped up to take the penalty, but showed a total lack of composure and fired it high over the cross bar.

But, just 6 minutes later Liverpool took the lead through a Luis Suarez header. The former Blackpool man, Charlie Adam, whipped the ball into the box from a free kick and Suarez ran across to the near post ahead of his marker to meet the ball and put the home team ahead.

Liverpool had several more chances before half time, the closest effort from Stewart Downing who picked the ball up and ran half the length of the pitch before rattling the cross bar with a powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area. The visitors trailed 1-0 at half time.

After a lack lustre first half performance, Sunderland looked a lot sharper after the break and were closing down well. It took Sunderland just 12 minutes after the restart to level the score after Elmohamdy's cross found Larsson totally unmarked at the back post and with a sweetly struck volley across Pepe Reina's goal, it was all level at Anfield.

In the second half Liverpool failed to sustain any pressure and rarely tested Sunderland keeper Mignolet. The closest the home side came was through an Andy Carroll header after Charlie Adam's corner found him at the back post, but was saved by Mignolet.

Sunderland had a great opportunity to take all three points with a free-kick in a very dangerous position on the edge of the box, but Seb Larsson fired it high over the crossbar.

The game finished 1-1 which was a fair result for both teams, although no doubt Sunderland will be the happier of the two sides with the result. Kenny Dalglish's side will have wanted to get off to a better start with a difficult trip to the Emirates next Saturday.

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