Five things we learnt from Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in their first game of 2017 as the Black Cats came from behind on two occasions to salvage a point.
Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool the lead in the 20th minute after receiving the ball from a miss-hit volley by Dejan Lovren, and his neat header in the six-yard box showed his deadly instincts.
However, Sunderland soon drew level when they were awarded a penalty after Didier Ndong was brought down by Ragnar Klavan. Jermain Defoe calmly tucked the spot-kick into the right corner of the net.
Liverpool then regained the lead in the second half after a corner was flicked on at the near post, and Sadio Mane was on hand to tap in from close range.
There was late drama, though, in the 84th minute when Mane handled the ball in the box and a penalty was awarded. Defoe stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, scoring his eleventh goal of the season to salvage a point for his team.
It was a fascinating game and here are FIVE big talking points from it…