Sunderland unlucky not to win against Liverpool with Christian Benteke’s finish proving to be the winner.

Benteke netted early in the second half, running on to Adam Lallana’s pass to neatly net from inside the area.

Vito Mannone made a stunning save to tip Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino’s shot on to a post before pushing away the Brazilian’s header.

Jermain Defoe forced Simon Mignolet into an excellent save, but Sunderland have now lost their past five games.

Fabio Borini also went close against his former side, shooting straight at Mignolet and striking an effort narrowly wide.

The home side were looking to get out of the relegation zone with a win.

Sunderland fans were left frustrated, with the lack of intensity in there side.

Liverpool looked nervous throughout and could have easily lost the game but instead won through an undeserved Christian Benteke goal.