Sunderland hold rusty Liverpool

Bolton have it easy against QPR; Wolverhampton edge out Rovers

Liverpool went ahead through Luis Suarez's 12th-minute header but an earlier penalty miss by the Uruguayan and a disallowed Andy Carroll effort allowed Sunderland to stay in the game.

A great volley by winger Sebastian Larsson in the 57th minute gave the Swede a goal on his debut and the visitors a share of the points.

QPR's first match in the top flight since 1996 was one to forget as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Bolton Wanderers in a match in which just about everything that could go wrong for them did.

Fellow new boys Norwich City made a better start, snatching a point with a 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic, while Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers and Fulham drew 0-0 with Aston Villa in a turgid game at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool had been hoping to build on the promise they showed in the second half of last season following Kenny Dalglish's appointment as manager and they fielded four new signings.

After Suarez's opener, set up by debutant Charlie Adam, they had the chance to stretch their lead but Carroll's effort, also created by Adam, was disallowed after the striker was pulled up for a foul on Anton Ferdinand.

Another new face Stewart Downing went close when his long-range strike crashed against the crossbar as the hosts' early dominance evaporated, and Sunderland hit back through Larsson's exquisite finish.

While Liverpool were given a reality check after pundits' predictions that they would break back into the top four after a sixth-place finish last term, QPR were taught a series of top-flight lessons.

After a promising start, in which striker DJ Campbell's early effort was disallowed, the Londoners watched in despair as new signing Kieron Dyer left the field on a stretcher just five minutes into the game with a foot injury.

They fell behind on the stroke of halftime as Bolton defender Gary Cahill sent the ball into the top corner from 25 metres out before QPR defender Danny Gabbidon turned the ball into his own net in the 67th minute.

Their day got even worse as goals by Ivan Klasnic and Fabrice Muamba gave Bolton a comprehensive victory and to top it off, QPR finished the game with 10 men after Clint Hill's red card for a headbutt on Martin Petrov.

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