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Sunderland v Liverpool match report and manager comments

Hosts Sunderland draw Liverpool 2-2.

Sunderland and Liverpool were unable to be separated as the two finished even at 2-2. The teams cancelled each other out in the opening 45, entering the intermission tied at one apiece. Much like the first half, the teams could not be separated in the second 45 and in the end had to settle for splitting the points.

Though evenly matched on the scoreboard, Liverpool out-shot Sunderland 21-10 and found the target 15 times compared to five by the hosts. Liverpool finished the game with five corner kicks, while Sunderland took two.

It was a relatively simple match to manage for referee Anthony Taylor. Liverpool received three yellow cards compared to only two by Sunderland, though both teams committed 10 fouls.

What the managers said

Sunderland manager David Moyes after match comments

“I expect them to get results, but I’m really pleased after the few days we’ve had. We didn’t play well (against Burnley) and what they have done is show how well they can do. “I thought we did quite well, and matched Liverpool’s energy for long periods of the game and deserved a draw. We had big chances as well. “I never thought we were out of it. The important thing was to not concede a third goal. In the end we got a deserved penalty. “Towards the end of the season we are going to have to pick up a lot of results. Today was a tough draw and we have to make sure we win at home – that’s key.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after match comments

“I am not able to explain it because I don’t know exactly what I saw. My team were fighting but I wasn’t sure if they could do it. “We can play better but I’m not sure if you can play better with that (two-day) break.” On Sunderland’s second penalty, the German added: “There was no foul before the free-kick for the second penalty. You need a little bit of luck, and but Sunderland worked hard too and maybe they deserved it.”