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Sunderland nick a draw at Liverpool.

Striker Luis Suarez gave Liverpool the perfect start to their season but they wasted the opportunity to press home their advantage as they were pegged back by Sunderland.

With Au49m worth of new signings on the pitch there was a feeling of optimism around Anfield and it was therefore fitting Suarez, the January acquisition

who ignited the second half of last season, should score the first goal of the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

Having missed a fifth-minute penalty the Uruguay striker made amends by heading in a free-kick from Charlie Adam one of three summer signings in the starting line-up.

Suarez's fellow January arrival Andy Carroll had a goal disallowed and another July new boy Stewart Downing rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot as Sunderland struggled to keep themselves afloat in the opening half-hour.

But Liverpool's flowing, passing football evaporated well before the break and they failed to rediscover it as the Black Cats sensed their chance and seized it, securing a point thanks to Sebastian Larsson's brilliant equalizer 12 minutes into the second half.

It somewhat pricked the pre-season bubble which had begun to develop at the club after owners Fenway Sports Group spent more than Au50million in bolstering the squad.

Of those acquisitions, Adam impressed, Jordan Henderson began brightly before fading, Jose Enrique was solid at left-back while Downing was quietly effective having been employed in a number of roles.

It is, of course, early days but these are the sort of matches Dalglish knows his side have to win this season if they are to haul themselves back into the top four.

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Date:Aug 15, 2011
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