Sunderland vs Liverpool

Sunderland 2 - 2 Liverpool
02 Jan 2017 - 15:00Stadium of Light

Defoe penalty secures a home draw and a point against Liverpool

Sunderland came from behind twice to level with Liverpool and earn a draw at the Stadium of Light.

The Reds opened the scoring with a goal on the 19th minute from Daniel Sturridge. The lead didn’t last long with an equaliser from the spot, taken by Jermain Defoe on the 25th minute after Ragnar Klavan’s trip on Didier Ndong.

Liverpool again took the lead on the 72nd minute with a goal from Sadio Mane from close range. However Mane handled the ball in his own 18-yard box 12 minutes later to give away a second penalty. Jermain Defoe stepped up to the spot and again delivered to bring the match level.

The match ended 2-2, with the Black Cats taking a point from a strong Liverpool side. spoke to David Moyes after the match who had praise for the team following their performance;

“We had a good team out and they played well; we worked really hard to keep in touch with Liverpool and to come from behind twice was a great credit to the players.

“Recently, our record at home has been very good. We’ve won a few games and that’s why, even today, it was important that we didn’t lose and attacked more.

“What we need to do now is build on it, but I think today it would have been tough to get three points.

Moyes reserved special praise for Sunderland’s only goal scorer on the day;

“I always think you need a penalty taker who scores goals because you get a few a season and when you get them they’re important, and since I’ve been here Jermain has been great.

He also added;

“I thought we worked hard to get in situations and stuck at it, so credit to the players for that.

“We’re beginning to play a bit better here and I think the crowd picked up on the players’ energy today.

“We didn’t show it in the last game but we did today and we needed it because we were playing against a very energetic Liverpool side.

“We deserved our point, we really did.”