Injured Anichebe lauds Defoe, others after Liverpool draw

News By: Ambrose Udeme | 02/01/2017

Nigeria's Victor Anichebe with his Sunderland team-mate Defoe

Victor Anichebe who missed Sunderland's home draw against high flying Liverpool at the stadium of Light on Monday due to injury has commended his team-mates fighting spirit during the score draw.

Two Jermain Defoe penalties meant the Black Cats twice came from behind to earn a valuable point against second-placed Liverpool who have been unbeaten in their last five games, winning four of those.

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Anichebe who suffered a hamstring injury during Sunderland's New Year's eve defeat at Burnley took to his Twitter account saying: "Massive character shown by the boys today to come back twice against a very good side! @IAmJermainDefoe at it again."

The Reds took a deserved lead when Daniel Sturridge flicked in a header after Dejan Lovren's mishit shot.

Sunderland equalised six minutes later as Defoe scored from the spot following Ragnar Klavan's trip on Didier Ndong, before Sadio Mane put the visitors back ahead with a close-range finish.

The AFCON bound Mane with Senegal then handled in his own 18-yard box and Defoe converted the penalty to snatch an unlikely point.