Liverpool were made to pay dearly for their own errors as they drew 2-2 against Sunderland on Monday evening. Sitting second on the PL log, the Reds were on a high following a string of impressive results and they knew that a win here would keep league leaders, Chelsea within their sights.
Despite their recent struggles in the Premier League, the Black Cats refused to lay down and play dead as they welcomed Liverpool to the stadium of the light.
Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for Liverpool in the first half and it seemed as though the Reds would stroll to a fifth win on the bounce but Mannone put in a command performance to keep the Black Cats in it.
Liverpool defender, Klavan, who had been impressive in the past two games, fouled midfielder Didier N’Dong and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Jermaine Defoe made no mistake from the spot and was guilty of missing just two minutes later when he was one-on-one with only Simon Mignolet to beat.
Sunderland would pay for their profligacy in the 72nd minute when Saido Mane scored Liverpool’s second goal. It was not the end of Mane’s involvement however, as he poked out an arm to stop Larsson’s freekick to gift Sunderland a second penalty.
Jermaine Defoe stepped up and scored again, securing a precious one point for David Moyes’ side.