Benteke with a chance to wrap it up! Sunderland lose possession and Firmino can slide one through for the Belgian who is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He opts to try and side it under his legs, but Mannone guesses right and makes a decent save.
There are just a couple of minutes to a very poor second half remaining. Can Sunderland salvage something?
What a miss from Ibe! Firmino drives in from the left, dragging markers over before slipping a pass across to Ibe. The winger has time and space to bring it inside past Jones and pull the trigger, but he lashes a wild effort well over the bar.
Lens races down the wing chasing a loose ball and slides on Sakho trying to win the ball. It's a really meaty challenge that leaves the Liverpool defender writhing in pain and the winger is rightly shown a yellow card.
Yedlin wins a corner that causes a bit of havoc, especially when Lovren skies a clearance straight into the air. Mignolet is blocked off as he tries to come and collect, but Liverpool eventually manage to hack it clear.
Watmore looks to run into trouble on the edge of his own box but manages to wriggle away and eventually wins a free kick off Moreno who is booked for his trouble.
Coates has now limped off injured. With O'Shea and Kaboul already out, Allardyce looks to DeAndre Yedlin who enters the fray.
Sunderland have no ideas in midfield on the break and Lucas easily pinches possession and ventures forward. Having only ever scored one Premier League goal, he doesn't fancy taking on the shot himself, shifting the ball instead to his left to Coutinho who tries his luck with a right-footed effort, but it's straight at Mannone.
Now Emre Can is down after going up for a ball with M'Vila. The Sunderland midfielder looked to have suffered the harder landing, but he's straight back up.
Sunderland (and Liverpool to be fair) are struggling to create anything at the moment. Watmore tries to force the issue and wriggle past three players, winning a free kick for his side but again the resulting free kick is wasted.
Benteke comes in from the left and looks to slide one into Coutinho who is waiting on the edge of the six yard area but sees his effort charged down by Brown.
Borini tries to break forward but is brought down by a strong challenge from Can. The German midfielder looked to have made decent contact with the ball but Sunderland are awarded the free kick and Can is booked.
Borini wriggles into space into the box and manages to avoid Lovren before clipping the ball away from Henderson to work space for a shot. It's another tame effort, however, lifting his shot straight into the arms of Mignolet.
23 seconds into the second half and we have a goal. Sunderland surrender possession and Clyne is able to thread one down the inside right channel. The pass takes the slightest nick of Lallana into the path of the Belgian, who can slot it past Mannone to give his side the lead.
And the second half is underway. Two and a half games this week and no goals. Please can we change that? Please?
Sunderland fall asleep at a corner as Coutinho feeds a simple ball into Henderson who has peeled off his man. He hammers one on goal but the home side have enough men behind the ball to make the block.
Johnson eventually takes it but it's a pretty dreadful effort, lifted woefully up and over the bar.