Sunderland take on Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in a fixture which has produced many moments of excitement and controversy over the Premier League years.
All the talk ahead of the clash back in September 2013 centred around the return to Premier League action of Luis Suarez after his eight-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Typically, he was key to a 3-1 Liverpool victory, scoring twice and linking up superbly with striker partner Daniel Sturridge, who broke the deadlock from close range in the opening 20 minutes. Sunderland – without a manager after the sacking of Paulo Di Canio – pulled one back to make it 2-1 through Emanuele Giaccherini, but Suarez sealed it late on.
Most Controversial Moment
The Black Cats were in strong form under Steve Bruce in the early months of the 2009-10 campaign, with Darren Bent finding the net on a regular basis. However, the striker could not have expected to get the winner against Liverpool in the manner that he did in mid-October.
His shot from the edge of the penalty area deflected into the net off a large beach ball, hurled on to the pitch by a spectator. As a result, Reds goalkeeper Jose Reina was totally wrong-footed, and he and his teammates were left to rue their misfortune as referee Mike Jones allowed the goal to stand and Sunderland held on.
Biggest Shock Result
Liverpool were in the midst of a horrific run of form when they travelled to Wearside in December 2002, but nobody really expected them to lose to a Sunderland side that would end the season with just 15 points – a then-record Premier League low.
But Grant McCann gave the hosts the lead in the first half, and although the Northern Irishman then missed a penalty area and Milan Baros drew the Reds level on 65 minutes, Michael Proctor popped up with the winner in the closing stages to condemn Liverpool to a fourth straight loss.
Biggest Turning Point
The meeting back in March 2011 was somewhat sterile until Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty when linesman Andy Garrett incorrectly ruled that John Mensah’s challenge on Jay Spearing was inside the 18-yard box.
Dirk Kuyt converted from the spot, and from then on Liverpool were comfortable, adding a second thanks to a superb solo effort by Luis Suarez. Meanwhile, Mensah picked up a second yellow card to compound a poor afternoon for Sunderland.
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