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Burnley 0 Sunderland 0: Ashley Barnes nearly snatched victory for Sean Dyche's side but saw his effort cannon off the crossbar

Gus Poyet sits in the dugout alongside his coaching staff

Sunderland v West Ham: Coach Charlie Oatway tips Black Cats to survive threat of relegation

Sunderland are four points from safety but Oatway believes the squad have enough belief to steer clear of the dreaded drop

Stewart Downing admits it was a strange feeling to be booed after the 2-1 victory over Hull last week

Sunderland v West Ham: Stewart Downing backs manager Sam Allardyce and stresses pretty football doesn't guarantee survival

Downing admits it was a strange feeling to be booed after the 2-1 victory over Hull last week

Gus Poyet makes a gesture from the touchline at Wembley
Karren Brady stands by her manager after negative crowd reaction

Sunderland v West Ham: Karren Brady stands by Sam Allardyce following boos that greeted West Ham's win over Hull

West Ham's performance against ten man Hull was met with boos from the crowd in midweek with Brady claiming this was unacceptable

Sam Allardyce responds to West Ham fans booing at the final whistle of their last fixture, the 2-1 victory over Hull

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Adam Johnson v Stewart Downing: Head-to-head analysis ahead of the clash between Sunderland and West Ham

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Steven Gerrard celebrates with Jordan Henderson after opening the scoring

Brendan Rodgers says 'we are Liverpool' and can handle the pressure as Reds move second in Premier League table with victory over Sunderland

Rodgers believes his side has proved doubters wrong by not tailing off in the race for the Premier League title

Steven Gerrard celebrates with Jordan Henderson after opening the scoring

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1 match report: Anfield given reason to believe as Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge find the target

Captain sets his side on course for victory with trademark free-kick that helps them end the night a point off the summit

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shares the joy of a hard-fought victory with midfielder Jordan Henderson

Liverpool v Sunderland: Jordan Henderson credits Brendan Rodgers for improvement

The Reds midfielder has begun to come good on his potential this term

Luis Suarez celebrates his hat-trick for Liverpool against Cardiff

Liverpool v Sunderland: Gus Poyet hopes Luis Suarez 'gets ill'

The Sunderland manager is wary of the threat posed by his fellow countryman

Wayne Rooneyis set to feature for Manchester United against rivals Manchester City

Premier League preview: A statistical look at this week's games - Arsenal v Swansea City; Manchester United v Manchester City; Newcastle United v Everton; West Ham United v Hull City and Liverpool v Sunderland

Providers of the largest online database for detailed football statistics WhoScored.com preview all of the midweek matches in the Premier League

Glen Johnson v Phil Bardsley: Head-to-head analysis ahead of the clash between Liverpool and Sunderland

Check out all the vital statistics concerning the two sides' players ahead of this week's Premier League meeting at Anfield

Brendan Rodgers has led a revival in Liverpool fortunes

Liverpool v Sunderland: Brendan Rodgers insists 'we have the strength of character' to win the Premier League title

Rodgers claims that Liverpool have the same mental strength of previous title-winning sides to maintain their challenge until the end of the season

Among the title-chasing scorers were Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, left, and Daniel Sturridge, right

Premier League: Liverpool v Sunderland match preview

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Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his second penalty in the 3-0 win over Manchester United

Liverpool v Sunderland: Steven Gerrard told to be 'more cautious' with midfielder one yellow card away from two-game ban

Gerrard will be forced to miss two-matches if he picks up another yellow card before April 13 due to the 10-booking suspension

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