Revenge Is Sweet
Some things are best forgotten...After perhaps the most bizarre highlight of our season at The Stadium Of Light back in October when a giant Liverpool beach ball helped Darren Bent fool Pepe Reina and seal a win for Sunderland, Sunday marks the day for appropriate revenge and a fixture where a much needed three points should be collectible.
Liverpool have hit a wall somewhat after being so fluent in their goalscoring with 3 against Lille and 4 against Portsmouth, Manchester United posed a threat and the goal rout was limited to just the one from Fernando Torres in a 2-1 defeat.
The game against Sunderland will be a true marker of the current character of the players, the manager and the team as a whole. The Liverpool we know will turn this around and make it a winner for the Anfield faithful, but the not so familiar Liverpool side we have seen sparks of throughout the season could make it a difficult one and allow Steve Bruce's boys to walk away with a token for their efforts.
Speaking of the man referred to as (#bigfathead) on Twitter, he seems to fall into a special category of managers that love to criticize Rafa Benitez, but as always, Raf has the upper hand in the mind, and on the majority of occasions, he will have the upper hand on the pitch.
Bruce's side have not lost in 5 games, they have collected 3 draws and 2 wins in that time. Just as it appeared they were in free fall, Sunderland have found some sort of foot hold and a sense of stability.
Liverpool will be without Martin Skrtel and Fabio Aurelio for this one but all other players are available. Don't expect to see Albert Riera though...
Without the beach ball to interrupt play and with the added bonus of Anfield, you have to feel Liverpool will come out on top for this fixture.
It would be nice to see a similar set up that was used against Portsmouth as i felt players like Aquilani and Maxi worked very well. With Torres on good goalscoring form too it is quite predictable that he may net against the North East side.
My prediction for this one, 2-0.