SEB LARSSON is hoping lightning strikes twice against Liverpool and he can get back among the goals for Sunderland after reaching double figures for the first time in his career.
Larsson enjoyed a dream debut in August’s reverse fixture with tomorrow’s opponents Liverpool after scoring a spectacular volleyed equaliser in the opening day 1-1 draw at Anfield.
The 26-year-old has scored a further five times for Sunderland, although he has not found the net for the Black Cats since January’s FA Cup third round victory at Peterborough.
But after notching a brace for Sweden in last week’s friendly win over Croatia, Larsson took his tally for the season to 10 after finding the net four times for his country during the campaign.
Larsson told the Echo: “In total, with international goals, it’s the first season I’ve got into double figures goal-wise.
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“I haven’t scored that many for Sunderland lately, which has been a bit disappointing.
“But I want to get back on the scoresheet for Sunderland and hopefully, I can get a few more before the end of the season.
“That goal on the opening day still stands out. It was my competitive debut for the club and it got us a point and at a place like Anfield, it’s nice to score at those famous grounds against the big teams.
“It was a decent effort as well, so I’ll always remember it.”
Carling Cup winners Liverpool head to the Stadium of Light 10 points adrift of the Champions League spots and boasting the same record as Sunderland from their last three Premier League outings – two defeats and a draw.
Despite their inconsistent form, Larsson remains cautious of the threat posed by Kenny Dalglish’s side, but knows the importance for Sunderland to return to winning ways after dropping out of the top half of the table.
Larsson added: “You know what you’ll get from Liverpool. If they’re on their game, they’re a top, top side.
“They can be a difficult game for anyone, which they’ve shown this season.
“But it’s at the Stadium of Light and we’ll go into the game confident, looking to pick up some points again after two defeats and a draw.
“They will have had a massive boost from winning the cup. It’s the first trophy you can get through the season and they’ve got their name on it.
“We want to finish off the season on a high. It’s only a few points to go up a few places and to go down a few.
“We’ve had a very good period all-in-all since the manager took over and with a strong finish, who knows where we can end up.”