VIDEO: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce blocks out derby-day with Newcastle as Black Cats prepare to face Liverpool

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STEVE BRUCE insists the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle could not be further from his mind as he prepares Sunderland for their opening game of the season at Liverpool tomorrow.

Newcastle arrive at the Stadium of Light for the Black Cats’ first home match of the campaign on August 20 (noon kick-off).

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce

But when he was asked about the derby at his press conference today, the Sunderland manager focused on Anfield.

“We’re not even interested in the game that follows yet,” he said.

“We have all worked hard and we want to go to Anfield and give a good account of ourselves.

“We could not have wished for a more difficult start.”