Liverpool striker Lewis Holtby has been sent off for his second booking of the season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers said on Monday that Holtby had been booked for a challenge on Sunderland defender Tom Carroll.

It’s an extraordinary result for us.

It’s very, very hard to win games at this level, especially in the Europa League, and it’s going to take us a lot of luck to do it.

I thought Lewis Holtbrick was magnificent for us, but there was also the issue of our second striker Lewis Henderson.

He is very dangerous and he has been outstanding for us so far this season, but he will be tested again in the second half.

Liverpool had the better of the first half with Henderson scoring the opening goal.

They went on to score another late goal but Liverpool keeper Joe Hart saved two penalties.

The Sunderland goal was scored by striker Jordan Matthews.

It was a fantastic finish by Henderson and it shows the great class of the Sunderland players.

It could have been a lot worse, and I would have liked to see Henderson sent off at the other end.

We had to be patient, but we had to take care of business.

The match was abandoned and Liverpool will now travel to the West Midlands to take on Aston Villa on Sunday (14:30 GMT).