So close, yet so far.
Sunderland defended admirably throughout at Anfield, but title-chasing Liverpool won all three points thanks to late goals from Divick Origi and James Milner.
With Swansea incredibly beating Crystal Palace 5-4, the Black Cats are now back at the foot of the Premier League table.
Here’s how some Sunderland fans reacted to the defeat on Twitter.
@leccymeter: Frustrating #SAFC Liverpool have all these chances and both goals we let ourselves down.
@GazWilko86: Never looked getting owt really, defended well for the majority of the game. Next 3 games are huge and all winnable
@tracysweettweet: 6 weeks ago we’d have been stuffed 6 nil, so I guess that’s progress....?
@safcmadmike: Liverpool too dominant but we defended brilliantly and had 4 great chances, confidence definitely shouldn’t suffer
@joshhardy_: Didn’t expect to get anything from today but it would be nice if we didn’t sit back the whole game
@dbray65: Today’s result probably expected it’s the next 2 games which gonna show more where season going
@W1LKS_LoL: Hopefully the confidence isn’t dented. Liverpool weren’t worth the 2-0 like. Haway #SAFC still a long way to go
@Joelee15: Well we didn’t really expect anything did we, but the lads did good
@Ramos99FTM: Watmore has single handedly lost us that game
@DaveyPalmer1: What might of been if Watmore had hit that one first time instead of taking a touch when it was goalless
@SAFCsource: Needed to take one of the few chances we had but I thought we looked a lot better defensively. Encouraging performance despite defeat.
@JDJMcKenna: No lack of effort today, full of running, things to build on. Essential to keep O’Shea in there, a proper leader
@NUllah21: Mind thats best av seen us this year. Defo on the up imo. Ndong had great game a thought just that pen will take the shine off him
@d4d2fiveboys: Prem table actually doesn’t bother me right now. 2 wins off 11th. #safc actually giving off a positive ‘vibe’ right now.
@elliot_d_p: Well was expecting a battering today and thought we defended well, silly from N’Dong for the penalty, sooner Jan is back the better
@Skullyhuman: Feeling positive despite getting beat. #Lfc are mint man
@samsonplace: Away to Liverpool isn’t going to relegate us but would like us to at least try and win the game
@SJonesReporter: That’s an annoying defeat. Thought we defended well on the whole. Big moment was Watmore’s missed chance
@MPotts1993: No shame in that defeat. Defended well but ultimately ran out of steam. Moving onto Leicester
@GTunk: SAFC weren’t bad today, just beaten by a better side. Dare I say I’m encouraged by the performance?
@JordanHilton_: Could have easily been a draw today but it was gonna be hard defending all game
@76skelly: Expected result in all honesty but at least we tried to have a go
@MartLaa92: Fully expected a pasting today. Decent performance and results have mostly went for us