Suarez double secures Liverpool win over Sunderland
LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Liverpool got the New Year off to the best of possible starts on Wednesday by defeating Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield to move up to eighth place in the Premier League.
First-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez put Brendan Rodgers' men firmly in the driving seat and Suarez added a third in the second half to seal a comfortable win.
For Sunderland it was a second straight defeat and it saw the Black Cats stay just four points above the drop zone.
Liverpool coach Rodgers was back in the dug-out after missing the QPR game on Sunday due to illness and he brought in Andre Wisdom at left-back in place of the injured Jose Enrique, with Lucas Leiva taking over from Joe Allen in midfield.