Liverpool defeated Sunderland on Saturday, edging past a stubborn Black Cats side.
Liverpool started brightly against the Black Cats, knowing that it would take a big effort to get past a side with little intention of attacking in numbers.
However, John O’Shea, Lamine Kone, and co. held firm and frustrated the Reds in the first 20 minutes, before managing the odd foray forward as the game went on.
The only trouble that Jurgen Klopp’s side came in to was mostly caused by themselves, such as when Loris Karius hit the ball straight off for a corner from a goal kick.
One major disappointment for the Merseyside outfit was when star player Philippe Coutinho was stretchered off in the 29th minute after a tough 50/50 with Didier Ndong.
It didn’t get much easier in the second half, with the Reds not looking likely to score as time edged on towards the hour mark.
Liverpool continued to struggle as the half wore on, with the crowd starting to groan at certain mistakes – much to Klopp’s displeasure, which wasn’t helped by Roberto Firmino becoming the second Reds star to go off with an injury.
However, Origi, who had earlier come on for Coutinho, gave the Merseyside club the lead in the 75th minute – hitting the back of the net from a tight angle when Jordan Pickford perhaps could have done better.
James Milner doubled the lead in stoppage time, scoring after Mane had been fouled by Ndong in the penalty area.
A much deserved victory for Liverpool, but one that could perhaps have been a lot easier.