Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0

Sunderland beat Liverpool 1-0 in controversial circumstances at the Stadium of Light yesterday when a Darren Bent shot deflected off an inflatable beachball thrown onto the pitch and past Pepe Reina in the Reds goal.

Liverpool started the game without their two best players, i.e. Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, with Rafa Benitez deciding to play three centre-backs in an attempt to counteract the prolific strike partnership forged by Bent and Kenwyne Jones this season.

However, despite the controversial nature of the goal, Sunderland were well worth the three points on the day. The Black Cats created a number of clear cut chances to kill off the game in the second half but failed to finish any of them.

Benitez now finds his side eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester United and the lacklustre performance by his players yesterday did little to deflect the accusations that Liverpool are essentially a two-man team.

Sunderland v Liverpool

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