Sunderland boss braced for quick-fire start from Liverpool

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GUS POYET expects Liverpool to come out of the traps firing on all cylinders against Sunderland tomorrow.

Liverpool have begun to bounce back from an indifferent start to the season after securing back-to-back wins in their last two Premier League outings.

Sunderland boss Poyet believes those six points will have handed Brendan Rodgers’ men a confidence boost for this weekend’s clash, as the Black Cats look to taste victory at Anfield for the first time in 31 years.

But with Liverpool also facing a crunch Champions League game against FC Basel on Tuesday night, Poyet has warned that the Merseysiders will look to get the job done early doors against Sunderland.

Poyet said today: “Liverpool are in a very special situation.

“They were in a bad run, then they’ve won two games in a row and they’ve got Champions League next week which is a big one.

“I’m expecting them to start the game very strongly.

“We need to be strong. We need to be in a position to cope with that and play.”

Poyet is certainly looking for an improvement from Wednesday night’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City - a result which ended Sunderland’s four-game unbeaten run.

And the head coach says Sunderland even need to improve in their passing play from last weekend’s draw against league leaders Chelsea if they are to add to their points tally tomorrow.

He added: “For me, we were average technically against Chelsea and poor against Man City. Now it’s time to be outstanding technically.

“That’s something we will require to make the opposition team and especially the fans a little bit nervous.

“It’s going to be difficult.

“They have got plenty of quality players because they’ve spent plenty of money and I’m sure sooner or later that Liverpool will be winning more than losing.”