Football took a backseat during the past few days as the findings from the Hillsborough disaster reverberated around the nation and the home side marked their respects by flying the Stadium of Light flags at half mast in honour of the 96 Reds fans that lost their lives.
On the field Brendan Rodgers has experienced a tough start to life at Anfield since taking over from Kenny Dalglish and went into the game against the Black Cats still searching for his first Premier League win as manager.
Fellow Northern Irishman Martin O’Neill is also looking for his first victory of the season and was unable to call upon new signing Adam Johnson after he was ruled out with injury.
Fellow new recruit Steven Fletcher was available after scoring twice on his debut against Swansea two weeks ago and the £12 million buy from Wolves was on target again to give Sunderland the lead after 29 minutes slotting home Craig Gardners low cross. That came after Fabio Borini had wasted two good chances to break the deadlock for Liverpool but failed to take advantage of Carlos Cuellar’s weak header back to Simon Mignolet before the keeper denied him again from Suarez’s cross.
Glen Johnson also went close in the second half as did Steven Gerrard who saw his shot clip the post after Raheem Sterling’s delivery caused confusion in the penalty area. Sterling was the Merseyside clubs main threat all afternoon and it was his cross that led to Suarez levelling the scoreline. The Uruguayan didn’t catch his first effort cleanly but as the ball ricocheted back to him off Titus Bramble he made no mistake firing past Mignolet.