SEB Larsson admitted his Sunderland career could hardly have got off to a better start after scoring an early contender for Goal of the Month.
The 26-year-old’s athletic volley – struck under the noses of the Black Cats’ away support behind Pepe Reina’s goal – gave Sunderland a share of the spoils in a keenly-contested game at Liverpool on Saturday.
And a beaming Larsson said afterwards: “It’s a fantastic place to score a goal and great to get the season off to a good start.
“Ahmed Elmohamady has got a great right foot and I could see quite early that the defender wasn’t going to get it, so I thought ‘why not have a go?’
“It was nice to see it go in.
“I would have taken a point before the game because it’s a tough place to come, especially when they have invested so heavily.
“A lot of people were fancying them for the title, but we showed what we can do in the second half.
“We’re a good team, solid defensively, and we kept it quite well, too.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted to start the game – for the whole first half they were way on top, getting in between us and finding space.
“But we spoke about the need to be more compact at half-time and we did that a lot better and were the better team overall after that.
“A good result makes a big difference to morale and confidence, especially at somewhere like Anfield.
“We can’t talk ourselves up too much though because it is only one game in.”