We’re enjoying a fantastic start to the Premier League in 2017 with Sunderland and Liverpool providing all the drama at the Stadium of Light in one of today’s 3pm kick-offs.
In his first start since October, Daniel Sturridge got the Reds off to a flyer with a lovely poacher’s header past Mannone. Jermain Defoe then equalised with an expert penalty at the other end to score his 10th of the season.
That’s the least of it with both goalkeepers having to make vital stops to keep the scores as they are at 1-1 going into the break.
It’s a massive game for both sides. Liverpool need a victory badly to try and keep up with Chelsea at the top of the table. At the other end, Sunderland need points as they battle it out to survive relegation from the Premier League.
We’re expecting more fireworks in the second half given the open nature of the game so far. Who can come out on top and kick-off the new year with a bang?
— Pietro Marano (@MrPeterMarano) January 2, 2017
Sturridge doin what he does best there
— Liam Ready (@liamready4) January 2, 2017
Sturridge 1-0 ???? pic.twitter.com/DoMQVouunu
— THE ANFIELD WRAP (@TheAnfieldWrap) January 2, 2017
That was such a clever header by Sturridge. Real poachers instinct.
— Sam Temple (@STemple90) January 2, 2017
Poor penalty to give away. Great penalty by Defoe
— Dan 182 (@DanGlyde_007) January 2, 2017
Defoe was always going to be a problem against our defense, He loves to run at defenses and we aren't exactly great when that happens #LFC
— T (@ReklessT) January 2, 2017
Defoe is a great player still
— Ben Noble (@bennoble259) January 2, 2017
Can struggling with Henderson's role. Plus point – great goalkeeping from Mignolet to stop Defoe #SUNLIV
— Christian Smith (@LFC471) January 2, 2017
If it wasn't for Mignolet, we'd be losing. Disastrous at the moment.
— 19 (@dboetan7i) January 2, 2017
I thought Mannone just turned into Peter Shilton, thank god we scored!
— Firminator (@L2R2UpDown) January 2, 2017