Despite being frustrated for most of their Premier League encounter against Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool were eventually able to grab two late goals to win 2-0.
- Liverpool 1 Sunderland 0
- Saints set up defensively
- Hosts have 80% possession
- Origi opens scoring
- Milner adds second from the spot
It was clear from the onset that Sunderland would be content to leave Anfield with a point as they adopted a very defensive posture throughout the match and allowed Liverpool to dominate possession and territory.
Despite that, the hosts still managed to create numerous opportunities and eventually found the breakthrough through Divock Origi in the 75th minute, before James Milner made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in injury time.
After a tentative start from both sides, Liverpool grabbed the ascendancy around the 10 minute mark and never let it go as Sunderland were happy to wait for chances to counter attack, which were few and far between against a well-organised Reds outfit.
Georginio Wijnaldum thought he'd broken the deadlock after he launched a seemingly unstoppable shot from the edge of the area, but the ever impressive Jordan Pickford pulled off an incredible diving save to deny him.
Roberto Firmino then showed off his silky Brazilian dribbling skills to carve a hole in the Black Cats defence before unleashing a powerful drive inches over the bar.
Next it was Dejan Lovren's turn as he leapt above the defence to meet a pin-point cross from a Coutinho free kick, but his headed shot went just wide.
After the break, Firmino had another glorious opportunity after he was played through by a beautiful defence-splitting pass from Emre Can, but Pickford was once again up to the challenge and won the one-on-one dual with another impressive save.
Can should have put the hosts ahead around the 65 minute mark when a rebound fell kindly to him on the edge of the area and was left free to compose himself and shoot, but disappointingly couldn't hit the target.
Despite looking increasingly frustrated as the match wore on, the Reds eventually found the breakthrough they were looking for through Origi in the 76th minute.
The striker was played in by a crisp pass from Jordan Henderson and turned well on the edge of the area before hitting a crisp shot past Pickford that snuck just inside the post to put Liverpool 1-0.
To make matters worse for the visitors, the Reds were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute when Didier Ndong was adjudged to have tripped a Liverpool player in the box, which Milner calmly slotted to make sure Liverpool would leave with all three points.