PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Liverpool – the action from the Stadium of Light as it happens
17:05 GMT, 15 September 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Liverpool at the Stadium of Light to conclude Saturday's action. Martin O'Neill's side are undefeated so far this term as they prepare to host the Reds who have endured their worst league start in 50 years. Send me your thoughts on the action at email@example.com or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool (5.30pm)
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Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner,
Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon,
Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble,
Goals: Fletcher 29.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel,
Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey, Borini, Suarez, Sterling.
Jones, Jose Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Downing, Carragher.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
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29min: GOAL! SUNDERLAND 1-0 Liverpool
'He scores when he wants' chant the home fans as Steven Fletcher somehow beats Martin Skrtel to a Craig Gardner cross to put the hosts in front.
Against the run of play but the Scot is turning out to be a smart buy with his third goal for the club.
28min: Glen Johnson claims for a penalty after being brought down but Larsson but play is waved on by the referee. I would need to see that again but a good call from the ref on first glance.
25min: Great shot, better save. Shelvey's cross into the box is knocked back by Suarez into the path of Borini, whose low first time effort is superbly parried away by Mignolet.
23min: Now it's Liverpool's turn to threaten from the set-piece. Steven Gerrard's free-kick from the right is well cleared by the Sunderland defence.
Despite winning possession, Luis Suarez fails to send in a cross, instead running the ball out of play for a goal kick.
20min: Reina still yet to be tested but that is a fantastic ball from Seb Larsson.
From a free-kick, the Swede hits an inswinging curler to the back post that somehow evades everyone as it sails wide.
19min: Nearly a goal out of nothing for Liverpool. A poor headed backpass goes straight into the path of Fabio Borini, but he is blocked by Simon Mignolet before Shelvey scuffs his rebound half volley wide from 20 yards.
16min: Disappointed with Sunderland so far. They haven't forced Pepe Reina into any sort of danger and the Spanish keeper is picking up an easy week's wages so far.
Under pressure: Liverpool's Glen Johnson jumps up at Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon
13min: Oh good, another shot! Liverpool are not getting any closer though as Luis Suarez's strike follows the same path as Shelvey's earlier effort.
10min: Still no real action as Fletcher goes down injured for Sunderland. The striker is down for a good half-minute but is soon up on his feet again.
7min: Liverpool slightly edging the play so far but still nothing to split these teams.
Reds fans were thought to applaud after six minutes in acknowledgment to the 96 that lost their lives at Hillsborough, but nothing has noticeably come so far (not that I could hear anyway, happy to be proven wrong though).
Either way there are plenty of banners in the away end acknowledging the disaster.
4min: Jonjo Shelvey has the first strike at goal but the Liverpool midfielder's attempt flies comfortably wide.
3min: Slow start here as both sides feel each other out. There is a big atmosphere inside the stadium created by fans from both teams so I expect this game to rise with it.
Kick-off: Steven Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland get us going.
Emotional week: Liverpool fans unveil banners claiming justice for the 96 that lost their lives at Hillsborough
17.28: On a sunny evening in the north east, the players make their way out.
17.25: Believe it or not but due to a postponement here a couple of weeks ago, this is the first game at the Satdium of Light this season.
Always seems to be drama in this fixture, who could forget Darren Bent's beach ball goal three years ago
17.22: Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers spoke to ESPN before the game:
'It was a very difficult and sad week for the people of the city and the club. It was a long hard fight for the people and for them to get that result was a fantastic thing.
'There is no doubt whenever you come to Liverpool as a player or a manager you are not signing a football contact but an emotional contract with the people of the city.
'It's one that makes you very proud and we understand our role in the community.'
17.19: On the release of the Hillsborough files, Sportsmail Des Kelly has added his two cents to the unveiling of the truth. It's well worth a read.
Rewarded: After impressing against Arsenal, Jonjo Shelvey (centre) is drafted into Liverpool's starting line-up
17.16: The full line-ups from the Stadium of Light:
Sunderland v Liverpool
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Saha.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey, Borini, Suarez, Sterling. Subs: Jones, Jose Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Downing, Carragher.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
17.13: Adam Johnson misses out on a Barclays Premier League home debut for Sunderland against Liverpool after failing to shake off a thigh injury.
The 25-year-old, who picked up the problem on England duty, trained at the end of the week, but has not recovered sufficiently to be considered, and his place in the starting line-up is taken by loan signing Danny Rose.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers makes two changes to the side beaten 2-0 at home by Arsenal last time out as Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey come in for Jose Enrique and Nuri Sahin.
17.10: It's been a highly emotional week for Liverpool fans as they were finally given the truth over the Hillsborough disaster after 23 years of campaigning.
But although the attention now focuses on their side's trip to Sunderland this evening in search of their first win of the season, 'Justice for the 96' will still be at the forefront of everyone's mind, at least at the away end of the Stadium of Light.
Searching for first win: Steven Gerrard (right) will hope his Liverpool side can record their first victory this term