Liverpool remained hot in the three-horse Premier League title race with a 2-1 home win to a beleaguered Sunderland on Wednesday night.
The comments Black Cats manager Gus Poyet made about Liverpool being a mid table team without star striker Luis Suarez came back to haunt him as the Uruguayan striker performed well below-par. Instead he allowed teammate Steven Gerrard and fellow star striker Daniel Sturridge to bask in the glory and put Liverpool two goals up.
Liverpool's poor defence, especially at the dead ball situation, again let them down when Joe Flanagan allowed South Korean striker Ki Sung-Yeung to header in at the far post from a flat corner in the 75th minute.
Anfield went silent as relegation-threatened Sunderland surged forward for the equaliser that would potentially save their season and leave Anfield roaring in despair. Manger Brendan Rodgers brought on teenager Raheem Sterling to replace Sturridge to hold some control in midfield.
Sterling held the ball up well and kept possession for his team in the opposition's territory, stemming the Black Cat's flow. Referee Kevin Friend's final whistle blew for Liverpool to reclaim second spot in the Premier League at the relief of thousands in the stadium. Liverpool will look to keep the pressure on and make it eight consecutive league wins when they host an at times rampant Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
The last time the two teams met Liverpool destroyed Spurs 5-0 at White Hart Lane which resulted in the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas. The Reds can ill-afford to be complacent or over confident as Spurs have a positive recent record against the Merseysiders and will look to grab the opportunity that Arsenal is giving for that lucrative Champion's League fourth spot.Liverpool will hope Arsenal can do them a favour as the Gunners host Manchester City this Saturday.
An Arsenal as well as Liverpool win will also cement the top four, pleasing many Liverpool fans who still have a sort of pessimism that things can go very wrong. That negativity will fade away indefinitely if Liverpool continue on their exciting and tumultuous form.
The home games against Manchester City and Chelsea in April will be the make and break of it all for Liverpool and their season. The two consecutive away defeats to these two in December almost derailed Liverpool completely, but the Reds showed gusto and continued on strong, not losing since in the League.
With seven games to go for the Reds, their credentials as favourites will take another boost with a solid three points on Sunday against Spurs.
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