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Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

The Reds had to come from behind in order to win a point at home against Sunderland. After taking an early lead in controversial circumstances the Reds went behind to two Darren Bent goals before equalising in a game with plenty to talk about afterwards.

A massively changed Reds side took to Anfield to face a Sunderland side looking very much like Northampton in their away side. The score finished the same as well and the Reds were not exactly brilliant again.

The Reds lost the toss and were forced to attack the Kop end in the first half.

After just two minutes the Reds had the ball in the net through Fernando Torres only for the offside flag to be waving. Torres took the ball down superbly and volleyed home but was he offside - in reality no he wasn't.

Denied one goal the Reds suddenly got what was a hugely bizarre goal on four minutes. This is one that is really hard to describe well. Sunderland were given a free kick near the centre circle which they initially took from the wrong place and were pulled back. Michael Turner put the ball down and after the whistle had gone he decided that he'd leave the ball for the keeper to take the free kick and back heeled the ball. Fernando Torres thought the free kick had been taken and pounced on the loose ball which had travelled some six yards. Torres raced towards the area but in doing so double checked that the ref wasn't pulling him back. When he wasn't pulled back he was greeted by the keeper trying to say stop play. Torres checked again before slipping the ball across to Dirk Kuyt who scored. The Reds celebrated whilst Sunderland went mad but the goal stood.

What I will say about the goal is that if that had been against us I would have gone mad like Sunderland did. I can see why the goal was given though given how far the ball rolled - more than I can say for a beach ball incident. Never heard Steve Bruce moaning then now did we and claiming the goal should have been chalked off.

Typical of Liverpool though at the moment an early goal makes them relax far to much and they stop playing - especially in midfield. Is there no steel any more?

The Reds allowed Sunderland to come back in to the game and they played some good football at times. We did help to make them look good though.

The Reds looked very edgy in the in the first half. On eighteen minutes Gerrard headed back towards Reina but it was so weak that Reina had to throw a foot at the ball to just stop Bent getting in on it.

Reina himself didn't look his usual self at times as well - his kicking all afternoon wasn't great and at times put us under undue pressure.

Midway through the half and Skrtel went on a long run forward from the back but he finished it with a poor shot. The way was wide open for him to race forward - just a shame their wasn't an easier pass at the end of the run rather than relying on a defender to shoot.

Sunderland got back in to the game via the penalty spot on twenty five minutes as Darren Bent scored under Reina. Poulsen went up with his arms raised and blocked a cross coming in. No complaints in fairness to this one - you just can't raise your hands and it kind of summed his game on the day - poor.

The Reds were then dealt an injury blow when Paul Konchesky limped off the pitch to be replaced by Agger at left back.

Sunderland were well up for the game after they had equalised and they looked more likely to score than the Reds who were looking a bit clueless.

That goal did go Sunderland's way but it was three minutes in to the second half before it came. Darren Bent it was who scored the goal with a great diving header off a superb cross from Onuoha. To be critical of the Reds defending though is easy - Johnson was caught sleeping on the back post and showed once again that defending really isn't his strong point. If he had been switched on he could have cleared the ball I reckon.

That goal really rocked Anfield and at that moment you had to wonder if we had it in us to come back and win the game. Could we even get an equaliser. Personal preference but I really want to see my manager barking instructions to the team at this point rather than sitting on the bench - obviously something I'm going to have to get used to - well unless we develop a streak where we actually play good football for longer than going ahead is.

Torres picked up a booking for a foul on Onuoha but it was as much to do with his constant crying at the ref that got it. Torres has got to realise at times that the game isn't just for him and his way. Sometimes when things don't go his way he does have a habit of crying at the slightest thing.

Kuyt was next in the book a minute later when he fouled Bramble. The ref wasn't having the greatest of games it has to be said and I think he missed half the game.

Just after the hour David Ngog replaced Poulsen as the Reds moved Meireles back in to midfield. The goal came just two minutes later for the Reds. Torres drifted out to the right hand side and ghosted past Bramble before cutting a ball back which after a deflection Gerrard headed home to wake the crowd back up.

There was plenty of time on the clock for the Reds to get out of this one. On sixty six minutes there was a clash of heads between Carragher and Skrtel who seemed to confirm they just don't talk to one another. It was the same pairing that headed one another last year at Spurs.

Carragher raced off for stitching whilst Skrtel was bandaged on the field. Agger tucked inside while Meireles stepped back to left back and Ngog helped in midfield. Carragher was soon back though and after being allowed back on to the pitch again it was all back to normal.

On seventy four minutes Steven Gerrard was yellow carded and this was typical of the ref not seeing things. Welbeck went down as if he'd been shot and was holding his face. I didn't think there was any contact and initially at least the ref looked like he was playing on but then he stopped for what I presumed was the head injury. He then decided it was a free kick and booked Gerrard. What was the booking for? I've seen it since on tv replays and there was contact with the arm and face as Gerrard jumped to head the ball. Now if the ref has seen this as a foul it's a red card offence - oh no he never saw it clearly. This is the ref that controversy follows - ghost goals.

The Reds went close on seventy six minutes when Ngog cut inside and fired at the keeper but he fumbled it and Torres slipped when shooting and it went straight to the keeper.

As the clock ticked on the game stretched a little but neither side could muster that golden chance and even with six minutes the score stayed equal. The Reds should have won it though in injury time when Agger had a free header six yards out but he headed wide when he really should have hit the target.

Overall the Reds came back and got a point from this one which of course will be remembered for the Reds' opening goal. We just didn't play very well after opening the scoring and you have to say that the starting eleven was probably the main starting eleven as well so at some point the players have to accept responsibility for this.

MotM : Daniel Agger - came in to the game late and had to adjust to being full back once again but performed well on the day and tried to give an attacking option whenever he could on a poor day for the Reds.

Liverpool 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 3 Konchesky (5 Agger 27), 37 Skrtel, 23 Carragher, 28 Poulsen (24 Ngog 60), 8 Gerrard, 18 Kuyt, 4 Meireles, 10 Cole, 9 Torres
Unused Subs 1 Jones, 14 Jovanovic, 16 Kyrgiakos, 17 Maxi, 21 Lucas
Kuyt (5), Gerrard (64)
Bookings Torres (59), Kuyt (60), Gerrard (75)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Roy Hodgson

22 Mignolet, 15 Onuoha, 4 Turner, 19 Bramble, 2 Bardsley, 27 Elmohamady, 10 Henderson, 6 Cattermole (c), 8 Malbranque (16 Riveros 87), 17 Welbeck (33 Gyan 90), 11 Bent (7 Zenden 90)
Unused Subs 1 Gordon, 14 Da Silva, 20 Reid, 25 Colback
Goal(s) Bent 2 (pen 25, 48)
Booking Mignolet (90)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Cream
Manager Steve Bruce

Referee Stuart Attwell    Nuneaton
Att 43626
Venue Anfield
Kick Off Saturday - 15:00:00
Date 2010-09-25 
HT/FT DD   (1-1)/2-2
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Sunderland
54% Possession 46%
5 Shots On Target 1
8 Shots Off Target 9
0 Blocked Shots 0
3 Corners 3
15 Fouls 7
1 Offsides 1
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

Opposition form summary coming in to the match


Average Age of Starting Line-up - 28.9

Position at Start of match day - 16 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 11

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
61 3269-36915

Match Programme

Programme Price 3

Match number 12 of the season

Domestic Match number 7 of the season

Premiership Match number 6 of the season

Premiership Match number 702 of all time

League Match number 4226 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3798 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5216 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 155 against Sunderland

Home Match number 77 against Sunderland

League Match number 147 against Sunderland

League Home Match number 74 against Sunderland

Premiership Match number 19 against Sunderland

Premiership Home Match number 10 against Sunderland