SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after a fifth goalless draw of the campaign for the Black Cats.
Pantilimon 7 - Third clean sheet in six games for the Romanian, who enjoyed an easy ride for long spells. Battered away Coutinho’s shot in Liverpool’s only meaningful chance.
Vergini 6 - Other than an early scare, kept Sterling under wraps for long periods, but guilty of a couple of concentration lapses after the break.
O’SHEA 8 - Excellent in getting tight to Lambert and preventing the England striker offering an attacking platform. Kept defence intact as Liverpool finally upped the tempo in the final 20 minutes.
Brown 7 - Demonstrated his importance after being rested against Manchester City. Partnership with O’Shea remains crucial to Sunderland’s back-line.
Reveillere 7 - Back to his ice-cool best after couple of blemishes in midweek. Got forwards well during the first half.
Bridcutt 8 - Reinforced view from last month’s draw against Everton that he can now thrive at this level. Gives Poyet a genuine decision in battle for places with Cattermole.
Larsson 8 - Was everywhere during the first half and Sunderland’s most threatening player, before his exertions against Chelsea and Manchester City finally took their toll. (Cattermole 6 - Made a couple of cheap giveaways, but fulfilled remit of preventing Gerrard winning the game.)
Gomez 6 - Started well, but muscled off the ball too easily on a couple of occasions, which Liverpool failed to make the most of on the counter-attack.
Johnson 6 - Got into good areas on several occasions after returning from injury, but didn’t always make the most of those promising situations. (Buckley 6 - Booked with his first touch and fresh legs didn’t swing the game back in Sunderland’s favour.)
Wickham 7 - Had a big shout for a penalty within the opening two minutes and had the best chances during the second half.
Altidore 6 - Worked hard on first league start of the campaign, but hold-up play continues to let him down. (Alvarez 6 - Didn’t see enough of the ball to create that much-coveted one clear-cut chance).
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet 6, Johnson 7, Moreno 6, Toure 7, Skrtel 6, Lucas 6, Henderson 6, Coutinho 6 (Markovic 6), Sterling 7, Lallana 5 (Gerrard 8), Lambert 6.