Liverpool held 1-1 at Sunderland in Premier League

Liverpool held 1-1 at Sunderland in Premier League

Published Sep. 15, 2012 3:47 p.m. ET

Luis Suarez equalized in the 71st minute Saturday as Liverpool's stuttering start under manager Brendan Rodgers continued with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland that leaves the club with just two points from four games in the Premier League.

Suarez netted from close range to cancel out Steven Fletcher's first-half opener and spare Rodgers another loss after the club's worst start to a season in 50 years.

Liverpool's players walked out wearing tracksuit tops with the number ''96'' on the backs to honor the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and flags at the Stadium of Light flew at half-mast.

As so often during the opening weeks of the season, though, Liverpool dominated possession but were unable to make the pressure tell. Both Steven Gerrard and defender Glen Johnson hit the woodwork for the visitors.