Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland – Rodgers Plans Taking Shape

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By Jonathan Carroll

On Wednesday evening Liverpool swept aside Sunderland with Luis Suarez once more the player lighting the fuse to the victory at Anfield. Suarez scored two and set up Raheem Sterling for the other Liverpool goal. It wasn’t just Suarez this time, there were a number of reasons to be optimistic for Liverpool supporters.

Steven Gerrard has regained some of the form that was so evidently missing from the majority of his games so far this season. Glen Johnson continues to be one of the best full backs around combining his defensive ability with an his knack for getting forward and setting up or scoring key goals. Of course there have been many false dawns this season. One impressive performance followed up by a loss to a much lesser team. The most recent win must be taken with a grain of salt. There is still a long way to go in order to get Liverpool to Champions League quality. Many Liverpool supporters still doubt Rodgers and his ability to get Liverpool back to being competitive at the top.

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More performances like Wednesday night and the non believers could be a thing of the past for Brendan Rodgers. The challenge now is to keep hold of a red hot Suarez and add some quality additions to the squad. Daniel Sturridge’s qulaity is unproven. He needs to have an influence at Liverpool and on a consistent basis.

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Sterling lobbed Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet after being played through by Suarez. The Uruguayan then shrugged off a horrendous attempt at a tackle by Carlos Cuellar and raced into the area to finish from a tight angle. The third goal was set up by Steven Gerrard’s sprawling cross field ball than Suarez took in stride and calmly slotted past Mignolet to make it three nil to Liverpool.

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After Mansfield Town in the FA Cup Liverpool will face a tough test. Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City make up three of the four fixtures after this Saturdays game. In order to keep progressing Rodgers’ Liverpool team must be able to compete and take points off teams above them. Something that hasn’t happened too often this season.

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Match Statistics

Liverpool                                    Sunderland

Possession                        61%                                               39%

Shots                                 27                                                   6

Shots on Target                16                                                    5

Corners                              9                                                    5

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 7
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 05 Agger – 6
  • 37 Skrtel – 6 (Carragher – 73′ )
  • 47 Wisdom – 6
  • 08 Gerrard – 7
  • 14 Henderson – 7 (Suso – 67′ )
  • 19 Downing – 7
  • 21 Lucas – 7
  • 31 Sterling – 7 (Allen – 57′ )
  • 07 Suarez – 9

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 23 Carragher
  • 49 Robinson
  • 04 Sahin
  • 24 Allen
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 30 Suso

Sunderland

  • 22 Mignolet – 7
  • 12 Kilgallon – 6
  • 24 Cuellar – 4
  • 03 Rose – 6 (Vaughan – 73′ )
  • 07 Larsson  – 6(McFadden – 62′ )
  • 08 Gardner – 5
  • 14 Colback – 5
  • 21 Johnson – 5
  • 23 McClean – 5 (Booked)
  • 28 Sessegnon  – 5 (Campbell – 46′ )
  • 26 Fletcher – 5

Substitutes

  • 20 Westwood
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 19 Bramble
  • 15 Vaughan
  • 09 Campbell
  • 10 Wickham
  • 11 McFadden
Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: 44,228
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