The transfer window opens and two players leave the club with no replacements coming in. No doubt there are some lined up and we shall see some new names on the Sunderland roster but Martin O’Neill in his post-match e-mail to M Salut highlights the smallness of the squad and for once, has little to temper the disappointment of the result.
Liverpool were too strong for us and deserved to win the game.
It looked as though we ran out of steam out there tonight.
We started off very brightly indeed and we had Liverpool on the back-foot, but once they got their goal they opened us up and exploited us.
Luis Suarez is a top quality footballer and he was a handful tonight.
Perhaps it was a case of a bridge too far, we’ve played four games in 12 days and we’ve got one of the smallest squads in the Barclays Premier League.
We’ve had some big games as of late and maybe in terms of recovery we just haven’t got that ability to switch things around as we would like to.
As always we’ll dust ourselves off and get ready to go again on Saturday as we’ve got a big game at Bolton in the FA Cup.
All the best,