Made a few crucial stops, but could do little about the goals conceded as he was left in the lurch by the defence in front of him.
Stood up to Suarez well when defending in the area, but was caught out several times on the break and lacked the pace to stick with Liverpool's attackers.
Much like central defensive partner Cuellar, O'Shea struggled to defend when Liverpool broke at pace, but did better when called upon to defend in the air.
Slightly absent for much of the match and lacking in distribution, but forced Mignolet into the save that led to Giaccherini's goal to leave his mark on the match
Got forward well and was solid when called on defensively. Really should have scored late in the first half when one-on-one with Mignolet, but could not convert at the crucial moment.
Not the most influential day for the winger, whose best moment came when he curled a long-distance effort just over the bar in the dying moments of the first half.
Was Sunderland's hardest working player and played a major role in keeping the Black Cats in the match after going behind. Provided good service and did well in the tackle before coming off on 74 minutes for Celustka.
An industrious performance at left-back. Found himself stretched by Henderson's runs at times, did well to defend one-on-one when called upon.
Nearly gave the Black Cats the lead just after the 20 minute mark with a curling free kick that smashed the crossbar, but let himself down in failing to clear Sturridge's opener.
Looked the primary danger man from the off for Sunderland, and reaped the rewards for his efforts in pouncing on a rebound to hammer home at close range seven minutes into the second half.
Found himself slightly isolated up front and never really got into the game. Pushed out wide at times to find space but was often closed down too easily and failed to make use of his powerful frame.
Virtually untested through the opening 45 minutes as Sunderland struggled to hit the target, but should have done better when he parried the ball directly into Giaccherini's path for the Italian to score.
Did well in the air and assisted in neutralising the threat of Jozy Altidore, closing down the American whenever he drifted out into wide areas in search of space.
Solid in both phases of the game and provided a few dangerous crosses that nearly gleaned positive results for Suarez.
Turned home what he believed to be the opening goal on the rebound from Gerrard's free kick, but was just offside. Kept Altidore quiet for the entirety of the match and looks to be recapturing his form of old.
Was Liverpool's best defender on the day, showing no hesitance in the tackle and even pressing forward whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Nearly broke the deadlock early on with lovely curling free kick and controlled the midfield throughout with his typically excellent range of passing. Pushed further forward in the second half in an effort to help press home Liverpool's advantage.
Played a crucial role for Liverpool as the intermediary between the midfield and forwards, frequently breaking at pace and making use of his physical presence to ride challenges and open up the pitch for Sturridge and Suarez. Grew in influence before being replaced.
Was energetic enough in running up and down the right flank, but too often let himself down in possession. Struggled to provide good service when getting to the by-line as well.
Anchored the Liverpool midfield defensively, remaining vigilant and alert to the Sunderland counterattack. Matched Sunderland's physicality throughout the 90 minutes.
Was lively from the very first minute in his first Premier League appearance back from suspension and doubled Liverpool's advantage on 36 minutes with a perfectly timed run to meet Sturridge's square ball at the back post. Knocked home his second to secure the three points just before full-time to cap off a lovely return to league action.
Involved in every one of Liverpool's goals and was absolutely everywhere in attack for the Merseysiders. Scored a dubious opener for the Reds, but did brilliantly to run at the defence and find Suarez at the back post twice over for the Uruguayan's double.