|Suarez 12||Larsson 57|
Liverpool started their Barclays Premier League 2011/12 campaign brightly, by going 1-0 up inside 12 minutes, but saw a first half lead equalised in the second half by a resurgent Sunderland who claimed a share of the points with the match finishing 1-1.
After having spent in excess of £100 million over the summer, there was something of a buzz around Anfield as fans eagerly awaited the team that Kenny Dalglish has built coming in to a new season which, they hope, will deliver them the Premier League crown that has, to date, proved so elusive.
In the opening minutes, home fans thought they had the opportunity to settle down to a lead, as Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson was adjudged to have tripped Luis Suarez in the penalty area.
The Uruguayan got up, dusted himself down, and blazed his penalty high over the bar.
However, soon after, in the 12th minute, Suarez made up for his error in the best possible way, by heading home new boy Charlie Adam’s cross.
Liverpool retained possession well in the opening half but, once in front, rarely threatened a Sunderland side which defended as well as Steve Bruce might have hoped.
In the second half, Sunderland added a little inventiveness to their solid defensive display, and were rewarded with an equaliser 12 minutes into the second period when Sebastian Larsson slammed home a fantastic volleyed finish for the visitors.
Following this goal, it was Sunderland, not Liverpool, who looked like the side chasing the win that would put UEFA plans into action, as the Black Cats finished the match the stronger of the two sides.
The final whistle blew with the scores level, at 1-1, which was a fair reflection from two teams who were 11 points different last season. Despite Sunderland having appeared to have lost more than they gained during the summer months, while Liverpool spent an embarrassment of riches; it is the visitors from Wearside who will leave Anfield feeling the happier about the season ahead.
Liverpool v Sunderland – Barclays Premier League 2011/12 – Squads
|25 Reina||22 Mignolet|
|03 Jose Enrique||02 Bardsley|
|05 Agger||05 Brown|
|23 Carragher||11 Richardson|
|38 Flanagan||29 Ferdinand|
|14 Henderson (Kuyt 60 )||06 Cattermole|
|19 Downing||07 Larsson (Vaughan 80)|
|21 Lucas||14 Colback|
|26 Adam||27 Elmohamady|
|07 Suarez (Meireles 75)||28 Sessegnon|
|09 Carroll||03 Gyan (Ji 66)|
|32 Doni||20 Westwood|
|34 Kelly||19 Bramble|
|49 Robinson||40 Laing|
|04 Meireles||08 Gardner|
|20 Spearing||15 Vaughan|
|18 Kuyt||10 Wickham|
|24 Ngog||17 Ji|