SUNDERLAND felt the Kenny Dalglish effect after the new Liverpool boss inspired his side’s second string to victory.
Dalglish watched from the sidelines at the Liverpool academy yesterday as the 10-man Merseysiders beat a youthful Sunderland side 2-1.
Liverpool took the early initiative with 17-year-old Spaniard Suso influential in central midfield.
Thomas Ince, back from a loan spell under father Paul at Notts County, shot wide of Trevor Carson’s goal before Daniel Pacheco forced a fingertip save from the Sunderland keeper.
The breakthrough came two minutes before the interval when Nikola Saric clipped a ball into the box and Pacheco fired a shot across goal into the far corner with his left foot.
Liverpool doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half when Pacheco returned the favour – cutting the ball back for Saric who blasted it home.
Pacheco almost made it three when he fired against the post before Sunderland were handed hope after Craig Lynch was brought down in the box. But Matthew Fletcher saw his effort saved by keeper Martin Hansen.
Three minutes later, Daniel Amoo hit the bar for Liverpool before Sunderland earned a consolation with a second penalty in the 87th minute.
Hansen fouled Fletcher in the area and the Danish keeper was promptly sent off before Nathan Wilson sent substitute keeper Jamie Stephens the wrong way from the spot.
H CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott hopes on-loan Sunderland midfielder Liam Noble can make an impact at Brunton Park.
The 19 year-old, a key member of Kevin Ball’s youth team last season, will be at Carlisle until February 10.
Abbott said: “We hope he can make a positive contribution during his time with us.”