Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

Forward Sturridge had one goal and two assists for Suarez, his reaction: 

It was a tough game and I don’t think we played as well as we could have in the first half, but we went in 2-0 up,” reflected Sturridge.

“It was very difficult in the second half. I think we took our foot off the pedal a little bit and once they scored the goal, it got a little bit difficult for us.

“But in the end we defended well and we got a late goal which killed it off.

“Luis gives me angles to play in and for me it’s about getting assists as well as scoring. It’s about the team winning games.

“If someone’s in a better position, you put them in and allow them to score the goal.

“It’s great to have Luis back. He gives us options and he’s one of the best forwards in the league. We form a good partnership.

“We miss Philippe Coutinho with his injury, but we’ve got some great players in this team and I’m happy to be playing with such world-class players.”

That was something that we’ve learned from and the manager has emphasised about killing games. It’s not always about scoring goals from long balls, it’s about killing the game by taking your foot off the pedal and keeping the ball.

“We worked hard as a team and that’s what it’s all about – the team ethic.”