Looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet as he sent the ball straight out of play on more than one occasion. Did get down well to parry Wickham's deflected effort in the first half.
Showed his inexperience at times but put in another tireless shift at left-back. Supported attacks well and never pulls out of a tackle.
Won a number of headers on the edge of his own box as he won the physical battle with Altidore. Looking back to his best after a shaky period earlier in the season.
Was regularly involved in Liverpool attacks but final product, both with crosses and shots on goal, was often poor. Better defensively when called upon.
Barely troubled at the back, but solid enough when he was required. Again looked comfortable with the ball at his feet as he carried it out of defence.
Yet another good showing at the heart of the midfield as he played some key passes, including one to Sturridge that led to the second goal.
Formed an excellent shield in front of the defence as he kept possession with some simple but effective passes. Showed he can still strike a dead ball with a superb free kick to break the deadlock.
Employed on the left-hand side of the midfield diamond, he did plenty of good work in defence as well as keeping possession with regularity in the middle of the park.
Involved in almost everything Liverpool did well as he looked in confident mood, performing plenty of tricks and flicks that left Sunderland bamboozled. A vintage showing from the Brazilian.
Got his name on the scoresheet with a deflected effort early in the second half and was unlucky not to have more by the evening's end.
Pace caused all sorts of problems to the Sunderland defence as he ran Vergini, in particular, ragged. On another day would have grabbed a couple of goals.
Possibly should have done better with Gerrard's opener as he got a touch, but had no chance with Sturridge's second as Brown's deflection took it past him.
Absolutely abysmal as he was twice fortunate to avoid a red card for fouls on Suarez. Brought down the striker in the build-up to the opener, and almost scored a comedy own goal in the second period.
Too static at times and was particularly shown up in the build-up to the opening goal. Did step out of defence to make the odd good tackle. Missed a great chance for an equaliser late on.
The best of Sunderland's defence as he at least looked to have an idea of how to position himself. Unfortunate that deflection took Sturridge's shot past Mannone.
Caught in possession on far too many occasions and struggled with the pace of the home side's attacks as he tried to track back.
Put everything into his performance as he screamed for countless balls on the right and proved a decent outlet down that side. Sometimes caught out of position when Liverpool attacked, though.
Unable to keep up with the game at times, though he did grow in influence as the game wore on. Almost pulled a goal back as his second-half effort crashed against the crossbar.
Showed some good touches as he didn't look overawed by the big stage. Has proved one of the better signings at the Stadium of Light this season.
Struggled to really get going, though he almost grabbed an equaliser as his deflected shot was well saved by Mignolet. Substituted in the second half.
Put in a tenacious showing at the heart of the midfield, though saw the game pass him by at times as Liverpool almost skipped the middle of the pitch with their attacks.
Barely had a touch as he was outmuscled and out thought by the Liverpool backline. Never looked like troubling Mignolet.
Injected some energy into the Black Cats as he played some key through balls during Sunderland's best period of the match.
Introduced alongside Johnson and made a big difference, even grabbing a goal with a back=post header to shred some Liverpool nerves.
Brought on for the final 10 minutes and added to the home side's worries with an effective display.