Echo Jury: Positive signs, despite yet another defeat

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WHEN you are down, it seems like everything goes against you!, writes Keith Appleton

Sturridge scores with his arm, Larsson crashes an effort against the woodwork and the Black Cats are skinned by a rampant Suarez returning from a 10-match ban.

Despite Liverpool enjoying the most possession, Sunderland had more shots, efforts on target, more accurate passing and corners.

Yes, the Reds were worthy winners in the end, but someone at the club must have run over a proverbial herd of black cats given the luck (or lack of it) that we seem to be suffering.

Ball is to be commended for playing an offensive 4-3-3 formation and it did cause Liverpool problems.

However, the alarming lack of pace in our defence means we are likely to concede more goals than we score unless we can provide Westwood with more protection.

Giaccherini and Ki were the pick of our players, but Altidore needs to do more if he is to end his goal drought.

Interestingly, Mignolet had his worst game since joining Liverpool, but what I would give for a player like Sturridge, who was my man of the match with his goal and two assists.

Never mind, it’s only Man United next!

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Echo.