Liverpool vs Sunderland

Liverpool 2 - 0 Sunderland
26 Nov 2016 - 15:00Anfield

Moyes pleased with players’ approach, despite defeat

Sunderland manager David Moyes says he was pleased with the way his players approached Saturday’s match against Liverpool, despite a 2-0 defeat.

Jurgen Klopp’s side found it difficult to break down the Black Cats defence before eventually taking the lead in the 75th minute and then adding a second in injury time.

“We did a job but it wasn’t good enough,” Moyes told reporters.

“But I have to praise the players against the quality we were playing, they stuck to their task and came pretty close.

“I don’t know any good teams that aren’t defensively sound. If you want to win the Premier League you have to have a sound defence.

“If you want to stay in the Premier League you have to be good enough defensively.”

Liverpool had inflicted a heavy defeat on Watford the previous week and are the Premier League’s top scorers, and Moyes says he was keen to avoid a heavy defeat.

“If you look at the quality of Liverpool going forward, you do need to think about how you stop them. I knew we had to come here and defend.

“They won 6-1 here the other week [against Watford] so we didn’t want to come here and get rolled over that easy.

“My job was not to come here and entertain the Anfield crowd, my job was to come here and get a result for Sunderland.

“We had to try and do that. We didn’t do that but tried hard to.”

Sunderland return to action on Saturday, when they welcome Leicester City to the Stadium of Light.