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Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland: Divock Origi and James Milner goals secure Reds win to make it 14 games unbeaten

Published 26/11/2016

Divock Origi (2nd R) of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Divock Origi (2nd R) of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Joel Matip has a shot on goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum jumps to control the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson wears a rainbow captain's armband in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players and fans during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures and shouts at the crowd during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Sunderland's Lynden Gooch (left) and Liverpool's Sadio Mane battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Dave Howarth/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Divock Origi of Liverpool and Lamine Kone of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: James Milner of Liverpool competes for the ball against Sunderland defense during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne (left) and Sunderland's Victor Anichebe battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Dave Howarth/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool controls the ball under pressure of Dider Ndong of Sunderland during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool shoots at goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's James Milner (left) and Sunderland's Ducan Watmore in action during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 26, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Dave Howarth/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Divock Origi of Liverpool and Billy Jones of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is taken off by a stretcher during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool reacts after missing a chance during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
(L-R) Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner, Liverpool's US owner John W. Henry and Henry's film producer wife Linda Pizzuti take their places for the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Referee Anthony Taylor talks to Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland greet prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Normal service was not quite resumed at Anfield but Divock Origi's first Premier League goal since April and a late James Milner penalty saw Liverpool return to winning ways.

The 2-0 victory over Sunderland came at a cost, however, as Belgian striker Origi was only on the pitch because of a potentially serious ankle injury to playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who left the field on a stretcher with his right leg in a protective splint.

Jurgen Klopp's side lost top spot after last week's goalless draw at Southampton, so it was imperative for their title ambitions they found another way of winning after blowing away many teams already this season.

Sunderland by no means made it easy for them and frustrations were beginning to grow until Origi, getting a rare chance because a calf injury ruled out Daniel Sturridge, struck in the 75th minute.

Milner's 90th-minute penalty made the result safe and put an end to the visitors' mini-revival after back-to-back wins had lifted them off the foot of the table.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes' poor record at Anfield, where he has drawn seven, lost six and never won, meant his side were never going to be anything other than compact and aiming to be hard to beat.

They conceded 78 per cent of possession but in the opening 45 minutes managed to limit their hosts to a handful of half-chances as Georginio Wijnaldum's early shot on the turn was easily saved, Dejan Lovren directed two late efforts, one a header, off target and Sadio Mane fired straight at Jordan Pickford.

Part of Sunderland's success in negating the threat of opponents who had scored 17 times in five previous home league matches was Jason Denayer's man-marking job on playmaker Coutinho.

Wherever the Brazil international went when Liverpool had the ball Denayer was always in his shadow.

So it was ironic that the one occasion the on-loan Manchester City defender lost his man resulted in Coutinho's injury, as Didier Ndong's follow-through caught the right foot of the forward who was trying to jink past him.

Sunderland's one chance before the break fell to former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar but goalkeeper Loris Karius just got out quick enough to block.

In the second half Wijnaldum bundled a volley wide, Roberto Firmino was denied by Pickford at his near post and Emre Can missed the target as Sunderland became even more defensive, with at least a couple of Liverpool attacks seeing every player but Karius in the final third.

When Firmino flashed a cross through the six-yard box neither Origi nor Mane could apply the finishing touch, but their frustration finally ended 15 minutes from time.

Jordan Henderson picked out Origi on the left of the penalty area and he managed to thread a shot across a crowded box and inside the far post.

When a charging Mane was brought down by Ndong in added time, Milner stepped up to score his fifth of the season, affording Klopp the luxury of handing 17-year-old academy graduate Ben Woodburn a debut.

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