From head-to-head stats at Liverpool Online, I calculate that in 13 top-flight meetings since the FA Cup final of 1992, which they won 2-0 of course, Sunderland have won three, two have been drawn and Liverpool have claimed all three points eight times.
Historically, it is much more even. In fact, take away the Premier years and you get a taste of Sunderland’s big club tradition, with 30 home to 23 away wins and 12 darws. It is fair to say the records favour Livepool emphatically in encounters on Merseyside (40 home wins, just 18 to Sunderland with 21 drawn).
So what lies in store on Saturday?
Liverpool have been an enigma this season, waltzing past Spurs at White Hart Lane again but struggling over and again in games they were expected to win. They made just as much hard work of their FA Cup 3rd round at Wimbledon as we had at home to Leeds.
As usual with Sunderland. anything can happen. The players roused, as they have been on far too few games in recent times, and a win a la Darren Bent, or by almost any other means, would be hugely welcome. But would we settle for a draw, if only we could then get four more points from Spurs way and Burnley at home? I suspect we would.
And we should not be too worried on account of the stuttering display against Leeds. It wasn’t just us and Liverpool; other Premier trams struggled in their cup ties, too. We were good value, too, for our point at Anfield.
Have a go. “Drummer” invariably does and has been repaid with two recent wins. On my reckoning he has won three new mugs from his correct Villa (a) and (rollover, with two mugs up for grabs) Leeds predictions.
Be the first to get Saturday’s score right, posting before kickoff, and the prize is a mug from Personalised Football Gifts. Liverpool supporters are very welcome to enter and a winner from their ranks would naturally receive a mug with an appropriate design.
Ha’way the Lads.