Daniel Sturridge has a hand in every goal as Liverpool beat Black Cats 3-1 on Wearside
England striker Daniel Sturridge produced another impressive display as he scored the opening goal and set up the other two for returning forward Luis Suarez as Liverpool moved up to second in the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Sunderland.
Sturridge is hoping to play a key role for Roy Hodgson’s side in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland and he certainly looks to be on top form going into the crucial double header at Wembley.
The Liverpool striker opened the scoring on 28 minutes with a close-range effort and then turned provider as he set up the other two goals for his striker partner Suarez.
Sturridge has now scored seven goals this season and will be hoping to keep alive his impressive goalscoring form for England next month.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: "[Suarez] and Daniel up front are a real, real handful. They combined very well."
Three Lions skipper Steven Gerrard was also impressive at the heart of the Reds midfield while talented youngster Raheem Sterling also appeared as a late substitute.
England keeper John Ruddy played his part in helping Norwich come away with an impressive 1-0 win over Stoke thanks to a first-half goal from Jonny Howson.