Liverpool could only draw with Sunderland despite a highly promising first half which included many of their new signings.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez vindicated his selection despite missing a penalty, and opened the scoring against Sunderland with a header from a Charlie Adam free kick.
However, poor marking resulted in a Black Cats equaliser – although plenty of credit is due to Sebastian Larsson for a fine volley.
Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland (Suarez chance and missed penalty)
Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland (Suarez)
Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland (Larsson)