Liverpool latest: Including Sunderland reaction and Hillsborough inquest

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Liverpool beat Sunderland 3-1 on Saturday away at the Stadium of Light – Daniel Sturridge scored the Reds’ opener and Luis Suarez finished the job with a brace against the Black Cats.

The victory marked a return to the Premier League for Luis Suarez who shone over the course of the 94 minutes. The Uruguayan made his return to competitive football for Liverpool last week in the Capital One Cup but made his league return this weekend after serving his ten-match ban from the FA for misconduct last season.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ‘hailed’ Suarez’ impact after the win and outlined his hopes for his partnership with Daniel Sturridge.

"He's getting the reward for his hard work over the period that he was off. I thought he was excellent the other night at Old Trafford," Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"Him and Daniel up front are a real, real handful. They combined very well."

Rodgers also believes his strike-force is as good as any other in the league.

"I am not sure there are two better in the league," said Rodgers.

"Those two are right up there with the best in the country and you saw that against Sunderland."

Meanwhile, defender Martin Skrtel believes the pair’s performance is a sign of things to come for the Merseyside club.

“I think everyone could see how good those two [Sturridge and Suarez] were and I think they can form a great partnership. We will see what that brings," he explained.

In transfer news, The Express claims Athletico Madrid intend to bid for Philippe Coutinho in January.

Liverpool Ladies won the Women’s Super League title by beating Bristol Ladies 2-0, ending Arsenal’s nine-year dominance over the competition and winning the Women’s Super League title for the first ever time in the club’s history.

Liverpool Ladies’ Natasha Dowie described the title win as ‘surreal’.

“It was nerve-wracking. I didn't enjoy any second of the game until the final whistle blew," said the 25-year-old.

"But to win the title feels unbelievable. To kiss and touch and hold the trophy was just surreal."

Finally, it was announced today, by the coroner Lord Justice Goldring, that the fresh inquests into the Hillsborough tragedy will take place in Warrington. The news follows confirmation earlier this year that the inquest in to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989 has been set for March 31st 2014.

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