Half-Time Report: Steven Gerrard gives Liverpool lead

A free kick from Steven Gerrard gives Liverpool a 1-0 lead over Sunderland at Anfield.

A Steven Gerrard free kick has put Liverpool ahead at half time in their Premier League clash with Sunderland at Anfield this evening.

Liverpool's English midfielder Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the opening goal from a freekick with Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool, nor© Getty Images

Luis Suarez had an opportunity from a free kick inside the opening 10 minutes, but the Uruguayan's curling delivery was just high.

Strike partner Daniel Sturridge had a chance shortly after as he tried to pick up a through-ball from Jordan Henderson, but again the finish cleared the crossbar.

Phil Bardsley tried to create the first chance of the night for the visitors, but his volley was comfortably blocked by Daniel Agger.

Liverpool continued to look the more attacking of the two sides, but a resilient defensive display ensured that Sunderland remained on level terms.

However, Santiago Vergini brought down Suarez 20 yards out less than 10 minutes before the break, allowing Gerrard to give the home side the lead with a powerful free kick into the top corner.

Connor Wickham tried to force in an equaliser from 20 yards out, but a deflection off Martin Skrtel allowed Simon Mignolet to make a comfortable save against his former club.

Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014
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