Everything looked rosy during that match, with Luis Suarez warming the cockles of Reds supporters and neutrals alike with his dribbling and shooting, although the Uruguayan has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this season.
Perhaps he can catch fire in front of goal for Liverpool starting with this game and help the Merseyside team to challenge for a top four place, with the visitors a best price 21/20 (Coral) to claim their seventh away win of the season.
It is somewhat peculiar to see Sunderland on offer at odds of 10/3 (Bet Victor £100 free bets) considering they are the home side and recently beat Arsenal at the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup.
However, Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon are both suspended following their red cards at St James’ Park, with the former’s dismissal particularly stupid considering he received his marching orders after the final whistle.
The Black Cats played with plenty of spirit during that derby and they can be backed at 3/1 (Boylesports bookmaker) to win this contest, although perhaps they are running out of steam after a bright spell after O’Neill took charge, especially as Kieran Richardson is struggling to be fit.
Suarez is a 6/1 chance with Coral to score the first goal of the game and we will see him booed along with former Newcastle stars Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy, although you can’t help but feel that Liverpool will have the last laugh.