Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0 Match Report
By Josh Wee
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It looked like an easy match on paper and it was. Liverpool needed the win as it was vital to their title race after their frustrating draw at The Saint Mary’s stadium. On Sunday, second placed Liverpool took on bottom three Sunderland. Jurgen Klopp on David Moyes. It was the high pressing boys in red versus the bus parking Sunderland. The result was 2-0.
Liverpool dominated as they had 77% possession throughout the match. They also had 27 shots with only 7 on target. Before the game, David Moyes said he was planning to “park the double decker bus.” Sunderland were very defensive as at one point it looked like their centre forward, Anichebe was playing left back.
During this fascinating match, the home supporters were not very supportive of their team as Liverpool could not hit the back of the net after numerous attempts on goal. However, Klopp started to roar the crowd so they gave more support.
Liverpool came very close to goals in the first half but they couldn’t add the finishing touch that would have resulted in a goal with many chances created by Sadio Mane.
During the first half, Coutinho took a hard swing to the leg as Sunderland player Ndong cleared the ball out of the penalty area. However, while clearing it, he hit Coutinho’s ankle. He is expected to return next year. He was then stretchered off the field.
With 15 minutes to go, 34th minute substitute Divock Origi went down the left flank and curled home the opening goal.
Sunderland battled well to prevent them from conceding again. However, in the 90th minute, Sadio Mane used his electric pace as he went down the right flank. When he reached the penalty box, he was taken down by a Sunderland defender.
James Milner calmly slotted it into the bottom corner to give Liverpool some comfortable breathing space.
During the match 16 year old record breaker Ben Woodburn came on as a substitute for his premier league debut.
Sunderland’s two win streak was broken as the boys in red defeated their opponents. This win came with a big cost as Liverpool’s star player Coutinho was injured during this fascinating league fixture. Many emerging youngsters have been proofing their worth recently. Will Klopp use these youngsters or will he delve into the January transfer window to buy a new player?
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