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Sunderland lose 2-1 away to Liverpool

Something special: Daniel Sturridge's spectacular left-footed strike saw the Black Cats go 2-0 down just inside the second half. Credit: PA

Sunderland faced a tough challenge tonight as they travelled to title-chasing Liverpool.

The Black Cats nearly kept their hosts at bay until half-time but Vito Mannone could not keep out a Steven Gerrard free-kick in the 39th minute.

Liverpool added insult to injury just after the break, they were able to pass it around the Sunderland box until Daniel Sturridge executed a spectacular left-footed strike.

However, the Black Cats were not prepared to let Liverpool have it all their own way: Adam Johnson's corner crept through to the far post to find the head of the unmarked Ki Sung-Yueng.

A nervous 15 minutes followed but it finished 2-1 to Liverpool. You can see more on all the action here.