Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland: Origi shines, Coutinho stretchered off

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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.
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Liverpool returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Sunderland at Anfield.

In a game that can only be described as a nail bitter, Liverpool triumphed 2-0 over Sunderland on Saturday night. The Black Cats, who got off to the worst start in Premier League history, came to Anfield on the back of two wins. David Moyes described how he was going to “park the double decker bus” at Anfield. With Liverpool’s attack running rampant in the past few weeks this did not come as a surprise. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana missed the match due to injury, while 17-year-old Welsh international Ben Woodburn made his Premier League debut coming on as a sub in stoppage time.

This left a few Liverpool fans concerned because the Reds have struggled to break down teams that “park the bus in the past”. After a 0-0 draw at St. Mary’s last week, Klopp’s men came in looking to score a few goals. A win would put the Reds top.

The first half of this match could only be described as dreadful. If it was not for Loris Karius, Liverpool could have found themselves trailing at halftime. The German, who has improved immensely in the last few weeks, made a few brilliant saves. Liverpool’s attack struggled to break down Sunderland’s well-organized defence. To make matters worse, Philippe Coutinho had to be stretchered off with an injury right before halftime.     

A quick check of Twitter showed that Liverpool fans were in disarray. Coutinho reportedly left Anfield in a wheelchair. Klopp remained optimistic in his postgame press conference and stated that it did not appear to be broken. An update on the injury has yet to be provided.

The second half was much better from the Reds. After an immense amount of pressure from the Liverpool front line, Divock Origi finally broke the stalemate. Cutting in on his right foot, the Belgian slotted home an effort that found the far side of the goal. It was a spectacular goal from the striker who has found his playing time limited as of late. The second goal came in stoppage time. After an immense run from Sadio Mane, the winger went down in the box and won his side a penalty. The ever-reliable James Milner converted from the spot to put his team up 2-0.       

 During the second half, an animated Jurgen Klopp encouraged the crowd to cheer on their team. A turning point in the game, the momentum of the crowd helped the Reds to victory. It’s matches like this that make you believe that Liverpool has a chance of success this season. A tough match against an inferior opponent, the resilience and determination of the Reds played a large part in the victory.

With this 2-0 victory over Sunderland, the Reds sit second in the table on 30 points. Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Spurs saw them go top of the league with 31 points. Liverpool will welcome Leeds United to Anfield on Tuesday night as they face off in the Football League Cup. The Reds will then they travel to the South Coast to take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Sunday.

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