Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has claimed Sunderland were lucky to win the teams’ clash at the Stadium of light.
The Anfield boss watched on as his side were defeated by a solitary Nicklas Bendtner strike in a game that was lacking in quality.
The Reds boss believed the goal and the fortunate nature of it was the only thing between the sides in a dull affair at the Black Cats’ home.
“I don't think it was a great game. I think we more than matched them and sometimes you come away with something, sometimes you don't,” he told Sky Sports.
“Today they got a bit of good fortune for the goal and that was the difference between the two teams.”
It would be difficult to contend with Dalglish’s assessment of the winner, although he will be disappointed with his defence in that the Danish striker on loan from Arsenal was the only player to react to the situation.
A low shot from Frazier Campbell hit the base of the post, then the head of goalkeeper Pepe Reina and back onto the post before Bendtner finished high into the net past the disorientated Spain international.
It was a disappointing day for Liverpool who could not muster a lot in the way of attacking threat.
Reds fans will be worrying as it was the club’s third loss in a row in the Premier League and meant the chances of a top four finish have become ever slimmer.