Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Suarez and Sturridge leads Liverpool to beat Sunderland 3-1 in Premier League.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Suarez and Sturridge leads Liverpool to beat Sunderland 3-1 in Premier League.

Luis Suarez marked his return to Barclays Premier League action with a double as Liverpool edged past bottom-of-the-table Sunderland.

The Uruguay international, back in the fold after completing a 10-match suspension, needed just 37 minutes to find his way on to the scoresheet when he made the most of a flowing move to tap house from close range, and then celebrated by revealing a tee-shirt dedicated to his family.

The Reds moved up to second in the Premier League table after a 3-1 win at managerless Sunderland, with Sturridge opening the scoring before two goals from Luis Suarez - either side of Emanuele Giaccherini's effort for the Black Cats - sealing victory.

It was the Anfield club's fourth win in six league matches, but the England striker is refusing to acquire carried away at this early stage.

"It's early days, take all day as it comes. Don't worry about the future, worry about the here and now," he said on Sky Sports 1.

"I don't think we played as well as we could have in the first half, even though we were 2-0 up, but it was very hard in the second half.

"We took our foot off the pedal a tiny bit and once they scored a goal it got a bit more hard for us but we held upon in the end.

"We defended well towards the stop of the game and then got a late goal, which killed it off."

Sturridge opened the scoring in controversial fashion, with the ball taking a heavy deflection off his arm before nestling in the net.

The England man defended his actions, however, adding: "It's a good ball from Stevie, it's gone over the defender's head and it was last minute, I've obviously tried to head it but I guess my heading's not good enough.

"The ball's just gone in off my arm but I wouldn't do that upon purpose. Sometimes these things happen."

Suarez netted a brace upon his first Premier League outing since his 10-game ban and Sturridge believes the Uruguayan's presence can only help Liverpool this season.

"It's good to have him back in, he gives us options and he's one of the best forwards in the league. We form a good partnership," said the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker.

"We miss Philippe Coutinho, with his injury, we've got some good players in this team and I'm glad to be playing with them."


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