VINE: Gerrard's curling free-kick to open score versus Sunderland

Liverpool kept their Premier League title hopes alive by defeating the Black Cats 2-1 at Anfield, keeping them firmly in the hunt with Chelsea.

Liverpool are now just one point behind pacesetting Premier League leaders Chelsea, having added three points to their overall 68 point haul by virtue of their 2-1 triumph over Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Santiago Vergini's foul on clinical striker Luis Suarez could have earned him a red card, however, Steven Gerrard converted the 23-yard free-kick, punishing the away side after 39 minutes. Daniel Sturridge doubled Liverpool's tally on the 48th minute, with a curling effort, while Ki Sung-Yueng stained the home team's sheet with a late header.

While Suarez reaps perpetual commendation for his prolific goal-getting, Gerrard has been influential to the club's surge up the league table, involving himself in 20 goals (11 scored/nine assisted) from 26 starts in the competition.

Liverpool have also won each and every one of their last seven matches in the division and manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping the club can continue that momentum against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and their subsequent six games.

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