STEPHANE Sessegnon believes Sunderland can capitalise on Liverpool’s inconsistency to begin 2013 on a high tomorrow.
Liverpool coasted to an impressive 3-0 victory over basement boys QPR on Sunday, yet Brendan Rodgers’ side have still lost two of their last four outings, including a 3-1 Anfield defeat to struggling Aston Villa.
It took until October for the Merseysiders to register a first home win in the Premier League this season and they have since crashed out of the Carling Cup against Rodgers’ former club Swansea on their own turf.
Benin forward Sessegnon knows the disparity in Liverpool’s results doesn’t mask the quality still in Rodgers’ ranks, in the likes of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling.
But with Sunderland beating reigning champions Manchester City on Boxing Day and taking a half-time lead against fourth placed Spurs three days later, Sessegnon says the Black Cats shouldn’t be daunted at the prospect of heading to Anfield.
Sessegnon told the Echo: “Tomorrow will be another difficult game, but if we keep playing as we have, then we can get something there.
“Liverpool have had some inconsistent results and they would hope to be in a better position, although they are still a good side.
“We need to play with the same desire, confidence and aggression that we’ve shown in recent games and you can get a result.
“They’ve got good players, but teams have gone to Anfield this season and got results.”
Sessegnon says it is important Sunderland maintain their confidence despite the defeat to Spurs.
The 2-1 loss vanquished hopes of a third successive top flight victory, but Sessegnon believes Martin O’Neill’s men could still take heart from their performance.
“It’s important we keep our confidence,” added the 28-year-old.
“We can’t be too disappointed with how we played on Saturday, we all gave our maximum.
“We know Liverpool are another side with a lot of quality players. We’ll have to put in a big effort like we did against Man City and Spurs.
“But we’ve got to remain positive.
“We’re playing a lot better and you can see that with the confidence in the team.”