Luis Suarez of Liverpool (2ndr) celebrates his goal alongside Lucas Leiva, Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool
Sunderland’s Sulley Muntari, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan were hoping to punish Luis Suarez for his World Cup handball in the Premier League but the Uruguayan scored for Liverpool to win 2-0 to rub salt into the injury of the Ghanaians.
A controversial penalty and a touch of brilliance from Luis Suarez handed Liverpool victory over Sunderland.
Despite menacing flashes of incisive intelligence from Luis Suárez – and, yes, Uruguay’s “hand of God” World Cup striker shook hands with Sunderland’s Ghana international Asamoah Gyan before kick-off – and considerable customary industry on Dirk Kuyt’s part, Liverpool were initially not much better.
The Black Cats fell behind to a Dirk Kuyt first-half penalty after John Mensah had fouled Jay Spearing.
Referee Kevin Friend had awarded a free-kick before pointing to the spot after noting the linesman’s decision.
Suarez doubled the lead after the break when he powered in from a tight angle before Sunderland’s Mensah was shown red for pulling back Suarez.
That was the bitter icing of a tasteless cake for Sunderland, who also lost three players during the match because of injuries.
The Black Cats will not want to look at the table either.
Having now lost five of their last six, Steve Bruce’s men may now start looking over their shoulder rather than ahead.
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