Solid when required but never really tested. Could do nothing about the Sunderland goal.
Caught under the ball and punished as Larsson smashed home Sunderland's equaliser. The youngster then seemed to lose his confidence and was beaten too easily.
A composed and assured presence at the heart of the Liverpool defence. Read the game well in a sweeper role and made good use of the ball.
Solid debut for the Spaniard as he defended solidly against the tricky wing play of Elmohamady. Didn't offer too much going forward but that will come as he gets to know his new team-mates.
Booked for a rash, late challenge on Gyan but competitive instincts and aggression meant Sunderland were denied clear opportunities.
The summer signing had the unenviable task of making his Liverpool debut against the club he left in June but coped reasonably well. Did little to catch the eye but full of running until he was replaced by Kuyt on the hour.
A refreshing sight for Liverpool fans as he offer genuine width and dangerous crosses. Deserved to score in the first-half after a brilliant run from the halfway line that finished with an effort that smacked off the crossbar.
The Brazilian laid the groundwork for Liverpool's attacking players by sitting at the foot of the midfield. He made some well-timed challenges, his positioning was excellent and his passing tidy.
Vicious free-kick to create Suarez's opener showed that his delivery will be very important for the Reds this season. Impressive long and short passes to keep possession ticking over. Tired in the second-half.
Surprise starter just 20 days after the Copa America final but justified the decision by glancing home the opening goal in the 12th minute. It should have been his second of the game but he blasted a woeful sixth minute penalty - which he had earned himself - over the bar.
The £35m man's size and strength made him an aerial threat but he appeared to be lacking confidence in the penalty box. Snatched at a couple of opportunities that fell to him and couldn't get enough purchase on his headers.
Never really forced into any action of note as Liverpool struggled to create clear-cut chances. Could perhaps have reacted more quickly to Suarez's header for the Liverpool goal. Calm and composed in his general play and did well when claiming crosses.
Extremely lucky to escape with only a yellow card as he gave away the early penalty with a foul on Suarez when the striker was through on goal. Recovered well enough although he lacked defensive awareness on occasions.
Arrived at Anfield with memories of a torrid afternoon last time he faced Suarez but produced a solid display, particularly in the second-half.
Tough task challenging Carroll in the air and coping with Suarez's movement - but he coped well.
The full-back didn't have an easy task up against Downing but did a solid enough job as he played with aggression and commitment.
Struggled to cope with Liverpool's passing and movement in the first-half but improved massively after the interval. Very clever passing and seemed to be able to think two steps ahead.
The Beninese midfielder was Sunderland's brightest player from the first whistle as he operated in the space behind Vaughan. Showed his athleticism, body strength and tricky feet as he tried to create openings for the visitors.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Struggled to get involved in the game but then produced the cross for Larsson to smash home the equaliser. Got through a lot of work defensively but lacked attacking drive.
Marked his Sunderland debut with a stunning equaliser in the 57th minute, a scissor-kicked volley from 10 yards out. Industrious throughout and delivered some dangerous crosses.
The Sunderland captain was unsurprisingly combative in the heart of the midfield - and duly picked up his first booking of the season. Comfortable on the ball and a driving force for the visitors after the break.
In the wars against Liverpool's uncompromising centre-backs as he spearheaded the Sunderland attack. The Ghanian headed one chance straight at Reina in the second-half but found sights of goal hard to come by. Replaced by Dong-Won Ji in the 66th minute.
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- 49 J. Robinson
- 34 M. Kelly
- 20 J. Spearing
Replaced Suarez 15 minutes from time but had no meaningful impact on the game.
Brought on as a 60th minute substitute for Henderson to add more goal threat to Liverpool's play. Ran the channels and worked hard.
- 24 D. N'Gog