Liverpool failed to secured important home win against relegation threatened Sunderland side after dominating the game and taking the 2-0 lead but somehow managed to mess it up in the end, losing two goals in space of 5 minutes and dropping two important points at home.
Sunderland started the game with defensive mentality and found it very difficult to hold on to ball with Liverpool dominating the possession 75% to Sunderland around 25%. Though Liverpool failed to take their chances in first half but after the break game opened up when Milner found Firmino inside the box with a far post cross and Brazilian put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Firmino turned provider for second Liverpool goal as he squared a decent ball inside the box for Lallana who tapped home Liverpool’s second of the day.
Adman Johnson free kick and Late Jermain Defoe’s solo effort earned a valuable point against Liverpool as the game finished 2-2 at Anfield. Liverpool fans protest rising ticket prices by promised walk out at 77 minute.
Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland – Match Highlights
[ Premier League, Saturday, 06 February 2016 ]
- James Milner far post cross was headed home by Roberto Firmino for put Liverpool 1-0 up:
- Firmino square a nice ball inside the box for Adam Lallan who taps in for 2-0:
- Adam Johnson was gifted a goal after Simon Mignolet horror show
- Jermain Defoe earned a draw for Sunderland with a late goal
Liverpool took on Sunderland at anfield on saturday, 3 pm kickoff with Jurgen Klopp opting with a packed midfield of Joe Allen, Henderson, Emre Can, Milner and Adam Lallan while Firmino played upfront on his own. Sunderland made it difficult for Liverpool to break them down and the game was 0-0 in the first half. But after the break Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallan scored goal a piece to make it 2-0 for Liverpool but two late goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe earned valuable 1 point for Sunderland.
Preview: Second from bottom premier league side Sunderland will be visiting anfield on Saturday, 06 February 2016 in the premier league game and they will be looking to get a surprise result in their bid to stay in touching distance in premier league safety battle where they trail 4 points of 17th place Norwich. Liverpool currently sit 8th in the table with 34 points thats 11 short of Tottenham who are in the lucrative 4th place in the league making Liverpool’s chances of Champions League qualification a far fetched thought with 14 games to play.
Sunderland and Liverpool played out a boring 0-0 draw in the earlier league game in the season when a solitary goal from Christian Benteke earned back to back three points for Jurgen Klopp back in december 2015. Benteke might be needed again this weekend as Liverpool are struggling to convert chances into goals based on their past few games.
Team News & Lineups: Liverpool has played 8 games in January and they already played one in February making it 9 games in space of 29 days and Klopp has number of injury worries going into the important home game against Sunderland. Sturridge, Skrtel and Origi are sure to miss this weekend’s game but there is slight chance of Philipe Coutinho getting fit for Sunderland clash but he might not feature in starting lineup.
Sunderland on the other hand are likely to go with Jermain Defoe in attack alongside former Liverpool player Fabio Borini while Jeremain Lens is likely to miss the clash alongside Yann M’Vila. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on saturday.
Match Predictions: Liverpool need to win this game to keep themselves in running for the European places but their form has been unpredictable under Klopp as they can blow hot and cold on any day. Sunderland will be motivated for this clash as a win will get them just within a point of Norwich who are 17th in the table. I am expecting a typical english game here with fast paced football and loads of chances, I just think Sunderland with Defoe in their lineup might be able to convert better than Liverpool so I am going with a 2-1 win for Sunderland in this one.