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Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Lamine Kone during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture: PA

Sam Allardyce can smell team spirit in Sunderland's push to stay up

Six wins: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is banking on a run of wins after heartening displays against Liverpool and Manchester City

Sam Allardyce targets the six wins to keep Sunderland up after Liverpool point

Walk-out: The Kop end after fans walk out on 77 minutes in protest over ticket prices during the Premier League match at Anfield witH Sunderland

Jermain Defoe proving he can fire Sunderland to safety as a lone striker after Liverpool strike

Clinical: Jermain Defoe celebrates his equaliser with Lamine Kone

Allardyce thinks mood at Anfield paved way for Defoe's Sunderland equaliser against Liverpool

Top man: Liverpool's James Milner congratulates man of the match Roberto Firmino after his goal

Match ratings: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

Sidelined: Duncan Watmore was forced off after suffering this knee injury for Sunderland

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2

Old boss: Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp will meet up with Jan Kirchhoff again today

Impressive Sunderland man Jan Kirchhoff reflects on life under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola - plus that horror show

All eyes: Liverpool's Emre Can (left) and Sunderland's Fabio Borini battle for the ball at the Stadium of Light in December, with Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce looking on from the touchline

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce wishes Jurgen Klopp well after 'soft German' jibe

HONEST ASSESSMENT: Sam Allardyce has pulled no punches while describing Sunderland's current league position

Sam Allardyce: 'We're in a **** position" - but we can get out of it'

Impressive: Wahbi Khazri performed well against Manchester City and Yaya Toure on Tuesday (54686260)

Ex-Hull striker Dame N'Doye keen to avoid relegation repeat by staying with Sunderland in Premier League

Manchester City's Fernandinho and Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff battle for the ball

Jan-tastic! Sam Allardyce hails Kirchhoff’s Sunderland debut as one of the best

Manchester City's Toure and Sunderland's Kone battle for the ball

Sunderland 0 Manchester City 1

Leaving: Manuel Pellegrini will leave this summer - and it could be after winning the title

Sam Allardyce would love Sunderland to be in Manchester City's position after 'stuttering' season

Departed: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has gone to Marseille and is unlikely to be back on Wearside

Sunderland stay quiet but allow Fletcher and Gomez to leave

Jordi Gomez has left Sunderland to join Blackburn on loan

DONE DEAL: Jordi Gomez leaves Sunderland to join Blackburn

Steven Fletcher has joined Marseille to bring his Sunderland career to an end

DONE DEAL: Steven Fletcher leaves Sunderland to join Marseille

Transfer Deadline Day: Newcastle United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough & Hartlepool United

Transfer Deadline Day: Newcastle United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough & Hartlepool United

Wahbi Khazri has joined Sunderland in a £9m move from Bordeaux

Sunderland looking for a deadline-day defensive deal as £9m Wahbi Khazri transfer brings attacking search to an end

Wahbi Khazri has completed a £9m move from Bordeaux to Sunderland

Wahbi Khazri tipped to score goals after Sunderland complete £9m deal

On his way: Wahbi Khazri is on the verge of a £9m Sunderland move (54221847)

Sam Allardyce claims this season is a "fight for survival" as Sunderland close in on £9m Bordeaux buy

Wearside bound: Wahbi Khazri is close to a £9m move to Sunderland

Agreed: Sunderland close to landing £9m Bordeaux forward

Sam Allardyce continues to search for a striker - but has called off his pursuit of Andre Ayew

Sam Allardyce: 'The hardest part of our January recruitment is still to come'

Sebastian Coates has left Sunderland to join Sporting Lisbon

Sunderland confirm Sebastian Coates departure

Sam Allardyce has admitted defeat in his pursuit of Swansea City striker Andre Ayew

Sunderland call off Andre Ayew chase - and Sam Allardyce provides downbeat update on Mathieu Debuchy

Lamine Kone has completed a £5m move from Lorient to Sunderland

Sunderland confirm Lamine Kone deal - and are still pushing to sign Mathieu Debuchy

Duncan Watmore scored a hat-trick as Sunderland beat Newcastle United in a behind-closed-doors game at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland score six against Newcastle United in behind-closed-doors game

Charis Mavrias has left Sunderland to join Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan

Sunderland outcast leaves to join Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan

Sunderland's long-running pursuit of Lamine Kone should be resolved one way or the other in the next 24 hours

Lamine Kone mulling over Sunderland move after another Black Cats bid is accepted

Debut: Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made his first appearance in the FA Cup at Arsenal

Manchester United miss out as highly-rated Sunderland shot-stopper signs up

new deal: Jordan Pickford, pictured while on loan at Bradford, has a bright future at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland's highly-rated keeper Jordan Pickford signs new deal

Sunderland are hoping their latest approach will result in a successful deal for Swansea City striker Andre Ayew

Sunderland awaiting Swansea response to latest Andre Ayew offer

Going rate: Saido Berahino is rated in the £30m bracket at West Brom

Sam Allardyce explains why Sunderland's transfer focus is mainly on Europe

Sam Allardyce is hoping to make a transfer breakthrough in the wake of Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth

Sam Allardyce shelves the soaps in order to concentrate on Sunderland's transfer targets

Starter: Adnan Januzaj played for Manchester United against Sunderland

Under-21s: Defeats for Sunderland and Newcastle

Patrick van Aanholt drives in Sunderland's equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth

Sunderland 1 Bournemouth 1

Jermain Defoe is Sunderland's leading goalscorer this season - even though both Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce have questioned his qualities

In his own words: Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe on arguing with Dick Advocaat, proving Sam Allardyce wrong and breaking records at Bournemouth

Hopeful: Sunderland's John O'Shea (right) challenges former Black Cat Ki Sung-Yueng during the win at Swansea earlier this month

'Let's keep up the encouraging start to 2016' urges Sunderland skipper ahead of Cherries test

Sam Allardyce admits losing to Bournemouth would have serious repercussions for Sunderland

Sam Allardyce warns his Sunderland players: 'We cannot afford to lose this afternoon'

Jermain Defoe salutes the crowd after scoring for England at Wembley

Jermain Defoe: 'If the England squad is picked on merit, I'll be selected for France'

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is hoping to make two more outfield additions before the transfer window closes

Sam Allardyce outlines his recruitment plans for the remainder of the transfer window

NEW SIGNING: Goalkeeper Steve Harper. Picture: SUNDERLAND FC

Former Newcastle goalkeeper signs for Sunderland

Sam Allardyce first worked with Kevin Nolan when the pair were together at Bolton Wanderers

Sam Allardyce reveals his post-Sunderland plans - and how they might involve Kevin Nolan

Sam Allardyce has revealed that Vito Mannone remains Sunderland's number one goalkeeper

Sam Allardyce confirms Vito Mannone will return to Sunderland's starting line-up to face Bournemouth

Derby day: Ayoze Perez battles with Lee Cattermole in the last Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park

Newcastle-Sunderland date change as Sky confirm new dates

Swoop: Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson has signed Sunderland's Lynden Gooch

Sunderland youngster heads out on loan to Rovers

New job: Kevin Nolan has taken on Orient role

Former Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan named Orient boss

Sunderland are hoping to sign Andre Ayew, pictured scoring against the Black Cats in this month's game at the Liberty Stadium

Sunderland pondering whether to include Fabio Borini in a deal for Andre Ayew

Danny Graham has almost certainly played his final game for Sunderland

Danny Graham embraces new challenge after completing loan move to Blackburn

Dame N'Doye is set to make his Sunderland debut in Saturday's home game with Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe explains why Dame N'Doye could be crucial to Sunderland's survival hopes

Costel Pantilimon has left Sunderland to join Watford

Costel Pantilimon completes Sunderland departure


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