By Paul Dobson
What a difference a couple of weeks makes! What a difference a couple of wins makes! Having watched Victor Anichebeast warming up, we Sunderland fans could be forgiven for wondering why Moyes had bothered, as the lad looked more like a heavyweight boxer than a footballer as he jogged along the line. Then he got a start at Bournemouth, and we were left wondering what on earth West Brom had done squeeze so little out of him. A goal on the south coast was followed by a second barnstorming display and another two goals against Hull. The closest I can come in describing him is as a rubgy player in the Jonah Lomu mould, as defenders simply bounced off Big Vic as he thunders up the field showing a remarkable turn of speed for such a large fella.
We might be second bottom (thanks, Swansea - I didn't realise how badly off you were) but at the moment we should be thankful that we can enjoy watching Big Vic, and especially his strike partner. In Defoe we have a player who, even at 34, is at the top of his game and is quite simply one of the best strikers the country has produced - a joy to behold. And he "gets" Sunderland - we've got to him. Appreciate him while you can, because we're lucky we've got him. Unfortunately, the curse of Sunderland has struck again, with Paddy McNair out for the season - but at least Larsson and Kirchoff scored as they return from injury. So it was a fairly straightforward swap with Pienaar for McNair and O'Shea for Papy. Lots of Liverpool possession but not much on target, and that was tge story of the first half. No penalty for what looked like a clear foul, but we were still in it at the break. A good chance for Watmore halfway through yhe second period should have seen us ahead, but no. Soon after they shot across the goal from our right and we were a goal down. After all that good defensive work, it was very frustrating. Ndong's foul on 90 gave them a second from the spot, and it was a good day spoiled.Not the end of the world, but a win at Swansea is a must.
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Jurgen Klopp snapped at a journalist who asked a question about a goal that was wrongly ruled out for offside during Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James' Park.
With Newcastle leading 1-0 at the time during Sunday's Premier League clash, Alberto Moreno scored a volleyed effort which was chalked off by the linesman's flag. Replays showed the decision was incorrect as the Spanish international was level with the Magpies defence as the pass to him was made.
When asked about the decision after the match, the Liverpool manager delivered a sharp response over the 'world class goal'.
Jurgen Klopp has suggested it could be a quiet January transfer window for Liverpool despite the club's busy festive period.
After seeing his beaten 2-0 by Newcastle at St James' Park, the Liverpool manager was asked if he intends to dip into the transfer market next month. But Klopp hinted against making panic buys.
Klopp also made the comparison between Liverpool's busy schedule and top-flight fixtures in his native Germany. Bundesliga teams get more than a month off over winter, while Liverpool play six games in that same period.
Steve McClaren said he felt 'sheer relief' after Newcastle United's second goal during their Premier League win over Liverpool on Sunday.
Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored to make it 2-0 in added time to clinch an all important victory for the Magpies at St James' Park.
Newcastle remain in the relegation zone despite the win but moved level on points with both Bournemouth and Norwich City.
After seeing his team throw away a two-goal lead against Chelsea in September, the club's Head Coach said he was 'relieved' to get the result.
Sunderland have confirmed the signing of striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old Italian has signed a four-year contract for fee understood to be £8 million with a further £2 million in add-ons.
Borini's move was confirmed by Sunderland in a statement which said:
Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
Borini returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season, during which he became a fan favourite scoring 10 goals including strikes against Newcastle United, Chelsea and at Wembley during the Capital One Cup final.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling's winter break had been 'already planned' since the summer.
The 20-year-old forward was given permission to go on holiday to Jamaica, and missed both the club's FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon and yesterday's 1-0 win at Sunderland in the Premier League.
But Rodgers said he felt Sterling needed a rest.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says fans 'need to accept the reality' of the situation the club is in.
The home crowd vented their frustrations during yesterday's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at the Stadium of Light. That result leaves the Black Cats just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.
But Poyet said:
I think they should look at the team. I think it's been going on for the last four of five years. I think they should be a little bit more patient.
Liverpool lead at half-time through Lazar Markovic's goal in the 9th minute.