Premier League: Sunderland 1 Liverpool 1
Liverpool remained frustrated as they continue to look for their first win of the Premier League season with four matches played.
Sunderland will also be unhappy that they were unable to notch their first three points of the campaign.
Jonjo Shelvey had the first shot of the match at the Stadium of Light, sending a 25-yard strike wide, before Luis Suarez fired a similar shot wide of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's right post.
Centre-back Carlos Cuellar gave Sunderland fans a nervous moment when he tried to head back to Mignolet but his headed pass lacked power, and Fabio Borini almost put Liverpool ahead but Mignolet saved smartly and Shelvey fired the rebound wide.
Liverpool continued to press and Mignolet had to dive low to his left to deny Borini once more, after the Italian sent an instinctive volley on target inside the box.
Sunderland took the lead on 29 minutes after Craig Gardner sent a pinpoint cross for team-mate Fletcher to tap in from six yards out.
The second half began with the visitors back in the ascendancy, Johnson rattling the crossbar after cutting inside onto his favoured right-foot from 20 yards.
Sunderland threatened on the counter, with James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon and Jack Colback presenting problems for the visitors in defence.
At the other end, the influential Raheem Stirling sent in a dangerous ball from the right which was semi-cleared, allowing Steven Gerrard a sight on goal but the England captain sent his effort wide.
With 71 minutes gone Sterling's persistence down the right was rewarded, the winger sending in another tricky cross which ricocheted off Titus Bramble, allowing Suarez to slam home the equaliser.
The Uruguay international then had a chance to snatch all three points but sent his final shot of the match over the bar.
But there was not to be a late winner at the Stadium of Light, meaning both clubs remain winless in the bottom half of the Premier League table.