Sam Allardyce felt Liverpool were lucky to win at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening at the end of a sh**e December for Sunderland.
Christian Benteke’s goal early in the second half consigned Sunderland to a fifth successive defeat which leaves them seven points adrift of safety heading into Saturday’s crucial home clash with bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa.
Afterwards, Allardyce rued the fact that luck once again went against his side.
“I didn’t think we deserved to lose it on the basis of how lucky their goal was,” the Black Cats boss said. “If (Philippe) Coutinho or Lallana had produced a bit of the brilliance we know they can and put it away in the back of our net, then you could hold your hands up and say, ‘Yeah’.
“But when you get that stroke of luck like they got – Lallana has tried to control it, he miscontrolled it and it’s flicked off his toe and run straight into Benteke’s path, and even he mishit it and it bounces over Vito, so we were very unlucky there.”
Asked to sum up December, Allardyce replied, rather colourfully and succinctly: “Sh**e.”
He added: “This is against Liverpool, it’s £250million, £300million worth of talent they are playing against and in some spells, matched it. The only thing we need is somebody to put the ball in back of the net and us to win a game to build the confidence.
“That, for me, means that we have got to face the fact that it can always be that you can lose against Liverpool if you play your best. What you have got to do is play your best against Aston Villa and win.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce refused to confirm Lorient defender Lamine Kone is close to sealing a switch to Sunderland despite the French club revealing a fee has been agreed.