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Poyet hails the genius of Reds legend Gerrard

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has hailed the "unmissable" talents of Steven Gerrard ahead of the Black Cats' home clash with Liverpool today.

Gerrard will be making potentially his final appearance as a player in the north east when he steps out at the Stadium of Light for the lunchtime kick-off - and he will do so with the glowing endorsement of Poyet.

Poyet said: "If I was a football fan I would want to be at the stadium because I would not want to miss the chance to watch Steven Gerrard live for maybe the last time in the north east.

"He is worth buying a ticket for because there are not many like him and he is going to be missed. He is different and it is great to get the opportunity to watch him live."

Poyet has told his players they must start turning their recent glut of draws into wins if they are to put breathing space between themselves and the bottom three in the new year.

Last weekend's FA Cup third-round win over Leeds provided signs of a turning point with Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt returning from injury to grab the only goal of the game.

Poyet said: "We had a difficult month against lots of top teams and although I don't think we did fantastic we did okay.

"Now we go into the second part (of the season) knowing we need to win more games and we need to be more clinical at home. Everything starts against Liverpool and the challenge is clear."

Van Aanholt is set to keep his starting place after his impressive return while Poyet's only major doubt remains midfielder Lee Cattermole who has missed the last two games with a groin problem.


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