Former England International and former Tottenham player scores two penalties either side of the halves to give David Moyes’ men a deserved share of point against Liverpool at Home.
Sunderland went into the game to try to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, with at least a draw being their target against an attacking Liverpool side that has mustered plenty of goals this season. But the Stadium of Light went a-slump when Daniel Sturridge headed home in a corner after the Black Cats failed to clear their line.
But Defoe cancelled out Sturridge’s opener, and was again on target from 12 yards after Sadio Mane was penalised for handball having earlier restored Liverpool’s lead.
Earlier in the game, Defoe may feel it should have been a hat-trick of spot-kicks, with Emre Can having gone unpunished for an earlier handball in the box.
Although Mane looked to have snatched the three points when a loose Papy Djilobodji header presented him with a tap-in after 72 minutes, but it was his arm that stretched out of the Liverpool wall from a Sebastian Larsson free-kick to gift Sunderland the equaliser.
The result leaves Liverpool five points adrift of Chelsea, who have a game in hand against Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday, while Sunderland are one point adrift of safety.