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Football: Gerrard, Sturridge send Liverpool to second

Published on Mar 27, 2014 6:18 AM
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (right) celebrates with teammates Steven Gerrard (centre) and Jordan Henderson after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool on March 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - In-form Liverpool enhanced their Premier League title challenge and closed to within a point of leaders Chelsea after overcoming a stubborn Sunderland side 2-1 at Anfield on Wednesday.

Steven Gerrard's superb 39th-minute free-kick broke the deadlock and Daniel Sturridge doubled the hosts' lead early in the second half, only for Ki Sung Yueng's late header to leave Liverpool hanging on.

When the final whistle did come, to roars of relief from the home fans, it gave Brendan Rodgers's side a seventh consecutive victory and took them above Manchester City, who retain two games in hand.

Sunderland, meanwhile, remain third from bottom, three points from safety, but with a game in hand on both of the two sides immediately above them.

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