Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

Liverpool and Sunderland drew 2-2 this afternoon at Anfield in a game which will be remembered for yet another controversial goal.

Last season Sunderland claimed victory at the Stadium of Light thanks to a ricochet off a beach ball, but today fortune shined on Liverpool.

The home side went ahead on five minutes when Fernando Torres intercepted Michael Turner’s free-kick to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet before squaring to Dirk Kuyt who slotted into the empty net.

Sunderland protested that Turner had not taken the free-kick and had instead passed the ball backwards so Mignolet could take the set-piece from the correct position, however, the goal stood.

Liverpool failed to capitalise on their one goal advantage with Torres becoming increasingly isolated up front and the midfield quintet of Dirk Kuyt, Joe Cole, Raul Meireles, Steven Gerrard and Christian Poulsen failing to click.

Darren Bent put Sunderland ahead from the penalty spot after Poulsen had handled the ball in the box on 25 minutes. The former Spurs striker gave the Black Cats the lead in the second half when he headed home a Nedum Onuoha cross from the right.

Sunderland were unlucky not to have been awarded a second penalty when Pepe Reina appeared to body check Danny Welbeck in the area while Steven Gerrard was fortunate to escape a red card for an elbow on the Manchester United loanee.

However, it was the Liverpool captain who got his team back on level terms when he got on the end of a Torres cross to power a header past Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.

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