In the build-up to Wednesday night's Premier League clash at Anfield it seems Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has gone on the offensive, suggesting Liverpool would be mid-table if they didn't have the mercurial Uruguayan in their ranks.
This season Luis Suarez has managed an astonishing 35 goals and 13 assists in only 38 games after spending the first five games of the season on the sidelines through the suspension given to him for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season.
Although his comments won't have been popular among Liverpool fans, Poyet was full of praise for Suarez, saying: "The only way we can stop Luis is if he gets flu the night before and has a fever."
Sunderland currently sit 18th in the Premier League, four points from climbing out the relegation zone with two games in hand on the teams around them. No-one will be expecting them to take anything from Anfield which has been a fortress this season but Sunderland have been no strangers to giant killings.
Wins over Chelsea and a two legged victory over Manchester United propelled the Black Cats into the League Cup final, where they took the lead against Manchester City just to be blown away by quick-fire goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and a late goal from Jesus Navas.
Sunderland will be looking for the in-form Fabio Borini, who has grown hugely in stature as the season has progressed, to impress again against a big club.
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