CARLOS Cuellar wants Sunderland to extend Liverpool’s miserable start to the season this weekend by building on their impressive early form.
The Black Cats are unbeaten this season after cruising past Morecambe in the Capital One Cup and producing two excellent away performances to restrict Arsenal and Swansea to draws.
Now Cuellar wants to see Sunderland record their first league win of the season achieved at the expense of Liverpool, and play his part in securing it.
The Spaniard has played in both of the club’s Premier League games so far but has had to wait for a home debut after what should have been the Wearsiders’ first league game, against Reading, was called off because of a water-logged pitch.
That long-awaited debut should arrive this weekend when the aim will be to deepen the misery on Merseyside for Liverpool supporters who have seen their club make their worst league start in 50 years.
Cuellar said: “We are looking forward to our first league game at the Stadium of Light, and I am hoping I will finally make my home debut but it’s a massive game against Liverpool, and everyone wants to play in games like this.
“We’ve had a solid start and the team looks very good.
“We are feeling confident and very strong and this is a very good time to play Liverpool because they have not made the best of starts.
“If we play the way we have done in our two away games, I am sure we will get a decent result at home.”
Cuellar is one of five new signings brought to Sunderland over the summer with on-loan Spurs man Danny Rose the only one of Martin O’Neill’s new recruits yet to play.
That could change at the weekend with Rose pushing for the left-back slot once tied down by Kieran Richardson, who left on transfer deadline day to join Fulham.
Rose’s lack of match fitness meant Jack Colback was on defensive duty at Swansea and the Tynesider should be favourite to keep his place this weekend.
But Rose played for England Under 21s on Monday and could now come into the reckoning.
Cuellar said: “Danny played for the Under 21s and did brilliantly, showing people that he has quality and he is ready to play in the Premier League.
“I think he is going to be a good signing for us.”
Tomorrow’s game could see Cuellar coming up against former Aston Villa teammate Stewart Downing who moved to Merseyside in a £20m deal last year – a move which has simply not worked out for the Teessider.
But Cuellar still sees the winger as a potential danger-man tomorrow.
“Sometimes football can be hard, even when you are one of the top players,” he said.
“Stewy has already proved his quality and played for the national team.
“He might not have produced his best form for Liverpool yet, but we know he is a top player and he is always a threat.”