Sam Allardyce feels keeping Jermain Defoe fit and firing on all cylinders will represent Sunderland’s best chance of avoiding relegation this season.
Although Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool failed to improve Sunderland’s situation, they remain four points from safety after rivals Newcastle’s victory lifted them out of the relegation and above Norwich, it provided a bonus point in some respects, after the Cats came back from 2-0 down to salvage a late point.
Defoe now has 13 goals for the season and manager Allardyce knows the England international will be crucial to their survival chances.
“He could be our saviour,” said the Black Cats boss.
“We scored two quality goals and showed if you don’t give up and never say die and have Jermain Defoe up front you can get something out of the game.
“It is a very precious point coming from 2-0 down.”