Full-time: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland

  • Firmino opens the scoring at Anfield and Lallana taps home the second from close range
  • Johnson scores a terrific free-kick to make it 2-1, before Jermain Defoe levels the score late on
Firmino scores for Liverpool
Firmino scores the opener for Liverpool Getty Images

Well, Liverpool appeared to be coasting towards victory and three much-needed points only for the away side to come storming back in the last 10 minutes.

In truth, the Reds - who were without their manager Jurgen Klopp this afternoon because of illness - will feel as though they chucked the game away.

But that should not detract from the efforts of Sam Allardyce's side, who showed tremendous spirit to level the match late on.

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FT: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland


Four minutes of added time.

Will there be a winning goal? We're about to find out...


Amazing scenes at Anfield!

Sunderland looked to have pinched a point from nowhere, having been second-best for most of the match.

Jermain Defoe is the goal hero for Sam Allardyce's side. He rolled Sakho and found a much-needed goal for the Black Cats.

What a game this has become!


Goal: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland (Defoe)


Time is ticking away at Anfield. And as things stand, Adam Lallana's goal is the difference between the two sides.

Can the Reds hold on for victory, though?

Firmino and Lallana
Firmino (left) and Adam Lallana celebrate at Anfield Getty Images


Well, well, well ... Sunderland are right back in this from nowhere!

Adam Johnson has found the net with a beautiful free-kick, which just snuck inside the post.

We're set for a grandstand finish at Anfield, in what's actually been a very one-sided match.


Goal: Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland (Johnson)


Just over ten minutes left at Anfield and Sunderland appear completely bereft of hope.

They have barely posed a threat all afternoon and as soon as the Reds scored the opening goal, they appeared doom.

Sam Allardyce and Sunderland are heading for another defeat in the Premier League.


Firmino with the assist, by the way. He's been Liverpool's brightest spark this afternoon.


Well, that answers that question!

Adam Lallana has the second goal of the game and I fancy that secures the points for the Reds.

He strokes the ball in from close range following a move down the left side. It's all smiles at Anfield now.

Liverpool players celebrate
Liverpool players celebrate scoring a goal Getty Images


Goal: Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland (Lallana)


There's around a quarter of the game left - can Sunderland find an equaliser?

They have defended defiantly this afternoon but, in truth, they have barely threatened the Liverpool goal.


Another chance for Liverpool!

The Reds really are bossing this - and it should be all over already. Ibe goes close to adding a second, but his ferocious drive inside the area is deflected narrowly over the bar.

Sam Allardyce of Sunderland
A change of plan needed? Sam Allardyce watches on Getty Images


That goal has been coming and coming... and coming.

It's been wave after wave of pressure from the hosts and they've finally got their rewards.

Liverpool have been the better side by far. Look who is warming up, too.

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge warms up at Anfield Getty Images


The Brazilian has opened the scoring with a cracking header into the far corner.

Firmino always looked to be the most likely candidate and he has delivered on his promise.

Liverpool lead at Anfield, at last.


Goal: Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland (Firmino)


The pattern of the game remains unchanged.

It's Liverpool coming forward in numbers, but lacking the creativity to breach Sunderland's stubborn defence.

Firmino - perhaps unsurprisingly - looks like the biggest threat for the Reds. Can the tricky Brazilian create a moment of magic?


There has been no word, by the way, over whether Jurgen Klopp is watching the game, or indeed, if he's had any influence on things during the match.

The Liverpool bench may soon have a big decision to make: Benteke or Sturridge? We're five minutes into the second period now, and we're still awaiting our first goal at Anfield.

Sunderland and Liverpool do battle at Anfield Getty Images


Just in case you missed it earlier, here's reminder of the Liverpool bench for today.

Remember, though, they've already been forced into two changes.

Liverpool substitutes: Ward, Toure, Benteke, Sturridge, Lucas, Ibe, Flanagan.

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce will want his side to be more progressive in the second-half Getty Images


Away from Anfield, a quick round-up of the other scores in the Premier League:

Tottenham 0-0 Watford

Aston Villa 0-0 Norwich

Newcastle 1-0 West Brom

Stoke 0-3 Everton

Swansea 1-0 Crystal Palace

If you wish to follow our minute-by-minute updates from those games, you can do so here.

Stoke City and Everton
Stoke City and Everton at the Britannia Stadium Getty Images


HT: Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

All square at the break, then. Liverpool have been the better side, but have struggled to fashion chances.

Time for Daniel Sturridge? We wait to see ...

Sunderland players
Sunderland players in the first half at Anfield Getty Images


Another Liverpool player bites the dust.

This really is getting silly for the Reds. Although I doubt Jurgen Klopp - wherever he is at the moment - will see the funny side of it all.