Sunderland AFC news: Allardyce press conference, Black Cats face defensive crisis and 'moaning' players blasted

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It has been a busy Monday for Sunderland AFC with manager Sam Allardyce holding his pre-match press conference ahead of the Liverpool test.

Jurgen Klopp brings his Liverpool side to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night in the Premier League.

And you can recap all the news from Allardyce's press conference at the Academy of light. Click here for the link:

The Sunderland manager revealed he is facing a defensive crisis with John O'Shea struggling to make the game with a calf injury.

Younes Kaboul has already been ruled out for two months as well, leaving Wes Brown on stand-by to partner Sebastian Coates at the heart of Sunderland's defence.

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Meanwhile, Allardyce says the moaners in the Sunderland dressing room have been silenced after such a feeble defeat at Manchester City.

"So now they've had the chance and they've done exactly the same as the others, haven't they?

"They've not won either, so none of them can moan about not being in the team any more."

And finally, Sunderland AFC’s long-standing tradition of observing a period of silence at the last home game of the calendar year in memory of supporters, former players and club officials who have passed away will continue on Wednesday evening.

The period of silence will take place just prior to kick-off as the Black Cats welcome Liverpool FC to the Stadium of Light (7.45pm) and both Sunderland and Liverpool fans are invited to remember friends and family members who are no longer with us and pay tribute to former Black Cats stars and loyal club servants who have passed away in 2015.

Former players Marton Fulop, Danny Hegan, Henry Rich, Nick Sharkey and Alan Sproates, along with former director Frank Cronin and scout Andy King have all sadly passed away this year.

A statement said: "The club kindly asks supporters to take their seats early in order to ensure that the silence is observed in the appropriate manner."

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