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BBC Five Live's John Murray
"Three goals in three games for Phillips"
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Sunderland boss Peter Reid
"I thought if one team was going to win it, it was going to be us"
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Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier
"The goal Owen scored was absolutely stunning"
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Post match reaction from
Gerard Houllier, Peter reid and Kevin Phillips
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Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
Liverpool and Sunderland draw
Liverpool's Diomede had an impressive debut
Liverpool's Diomede had an impressive debut
Liverpool 1 -1 Sunderland

Liverpool fans will be cheered that Robbie Fowler is back but disappointed the Reds could not overcome a spirited Sunderland at Anfield.

With Manchester United and Chelsea drawing earlier in the day and Arsenal being held by Ipswich, Liverpool should have cashed in.

But despite having a number of chances, they could not clinch a winner.

Sunderland had not gained any points on their travels this season and will be pleased with a 1-1 draw.

Fantastic goals from Kevin Phillips and Michael Owen in the first half ensured both teams gained a point apiece.


Thankfully, Robbie Fowler is back and so is Titi Camara and Erik Meijer, so we do have some alternatives to play alongside Michael Owen, who had an outstanding game for us
  Gerard Houllier

Gerard Houllier allowed Fowler a 15-minute run out at the end and in the final minute he could have capped his return with a goal but his snatched left foot shot clipped the netting.

Bang goes Liverpool's 100% home record and on this display it will be a while before Anfield is turned into the fortress it once was.

Liverpool had made three changes from their draw at West Ham, with Owen returning and Christian Ziege and Bernard Diomede making their league debuts.

Lapse

Emile Heskey had a Liverpool's first good chance on nine minutes after great work on the left by Diomede and Ziege.

Diomede spotted Heskey wide on the right, Heskey shot low but it was easily saved by Thomas Sorensen.

Moments later Heskey was substituted, with Danny Murphy coming on, surprisingly instead of Fowler.

Sunderland took full advantage of Liverpool's lapse in concentration and broke away with Phillips running from the half-way and blasting a low shot past Sander Westerveld from 25-yards to put the visitors 1-0 ahead on 14 minutes.

Liverpool were stunned but it was a fine piece of individual skill by Phillips to record his third goal of the season.


If you play at Anfield you normally don't get anything, it's a very difficult place to play. But the feeling in our dressing room is a sense of disappointment that we didn't win the game
  Peter Reid

The Black Cats' tails were up and they continued to cause problems for the home side.

But Liverpool managed to haul themselves back into the game, courtesy of Owen's seventh goal of the season on 34 minutes.

Ziege fired in a fine free kick from the left and Owen headed home from close range.

Brilliant

Liverpool thought they had scored a second goal with an acrobatic overhead kick from Diomede just before half-time.

But a brilliant double save from Sorensen denied the Frenchman a debut goal.

Both teams started off brightly in the second half but the game never really flowed and it was highly frustrating for both teams' fans.

There were lots of high balls, which Sunderland loved, but Liverpool struggled to play their natural game.

Phillips had a penalty claim turned down on 55 minutes when he fell just inside area.

Owen had a chance at the other end moments later but just when he was teeing up the shot, Sunderland captain Michael Gray nicked the ball from him.

There was a bit of Owen magic on the hour when he took the ball down and volleyed it - straight into Sorensen's hands.

Impressive

Although the play was not pretty, both teams were carving out chances.

Stand-in captain Jamie Carragher almost put the Reds ahead but he was stretching and the Sunderland 'keeper saved.

Then Phillips had a glorious chance for his second goal but blasted wide.

There was a huge cheer on 75 minutes when Robbie Fowler emerged from the bench, for his first Premiership action of the season.

Diomede was the man replaced and could take heart that he had had an impressive debut.

Liverpool almost snatched it at the end from another set piece. Ziege's freekick again connected with Owen's head but Sorensen pulled off a spectacular save and the spoils were shared.

Teams:

Liverpool: Westerveld, Song, Babbel, Henchoz, Ziege, Barmby, Carragher, Hamann, Diomede, Owen, Heskey. Subs: Traore, Arphexad, Fowler, Murphy, Gerrard.
Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Craddock, Thome, Gray, Hutchison, Williams, Kilbane, Arca, Quinn, Phillips. Subs: Roy, Thirlwell, Reddy, Oster, Macho.
Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

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