England footballer Adam Johnson, 28, arrives at Bradford Crown Court, Bradford, where he is on trial accused of child sex charges. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming. Johnson, 28, continues to d(...)

Jermain Defoe scored in the 89th minute to give Sunderland a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Photograph: PA

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2 Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe scored an 89th-minute equaliser as Liverpool — without their ill manager Jurgen Klopp — squ(...)

Dele Alli scored a stunner to give Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace. Photograph: Afp

Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Dele Alli scored one of the goals of the season to inspire Tottenham to a 3-1 Premier League victory at Crystal (...)

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against Sunderland in the Premier League. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Tottenham 4 Sunderland 1 A Christian Eriksen brace saw Tottenham come from behind to beat struggling Sunderland and reaffirm their own top-four Pre(...)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff his first signing of the winter transfer window. The 25-year-old centre-b(...)

Bayern Munich’s Jan Kirchhoff has arrived in Sunderland to discuss a contract as the Premier League club hope to complete the signing. Photo: Getty Images

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is closing in on his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. The(...)

Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland:  usually a good man for a pre-match chat, but not this weekend, apparently. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

It was another bad weekend for Remi Garde. The Aston Villa manager saw his side beaten 3-1 at Sunderland, then found himself being sniggered at for pe(...)

Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe celebrates after putting his side 2-1 up against Aston Villa in their Premier League clash. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/Getty Images

Sunderland 3 Aston Villa 1 Jermain Defoe blasted Sunderland to a first victory in six attempts, giving them hope of avoiding relegation from the Pr(...)

Christian Benteke’s goal was the difference for Liverpool as they ground out a 1-0 win away at Sunderland. Photograph: AFP

Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1 The final Premier League fixture of 2015 left Liverpool seventh and Sunderland seven points adrift of safety. While Christia(...)

Jürgen Klopp: since the German took over in October, Liverpool’s record in the league shows four victories, three draws and three defeats. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp has told his players they need to achieve more consistency ahead of tonight’s league visit to Sunderland. Since Klopp took over in Octo(...)