Monday 22 January 2018

Don't expect too much from Victor Anichebe warns Sunderland boss David Moyes

Victor Anichebe has scored three goals in two games for Sunderland.
Victor Anichebe has scored three goals in two games for Sunderland.

David Moyes insists Sunderland must remain realistic over the role of Victor Anichebe in dragging his side away from the foot of the Premier League table.

The 28-year-oid striker heads to Anfield with the Black Cats on Saturday having struck three goals in two games and formed a potentially crucial partnership with fellow forward Jermain Defoe.

Moyes reunited with Anichebe - whom he had described as "a young Didier Drogba" during his Everton days - this summer after the Nigeria international was released by West Brom.

Moyes warned: "We've just got to be careful - we've won two games with Victor coming into the team and we also played well at Southampton and should still be in the cup.

"But let's put it into context - he's not a £20million centre-forward. We've got a centre-forward who I believe in and I know what he is capable of but there will be games when he is on top form and games when he is not.

"We've been really pleased with him and Jermain - what Jermain has done whether it be this season or in seasons gone by speaks for itself with his goals."

Moyes heads back to Merseyside on Saturday with the pressure on his side significantly eased after successive wins against Bournemouth and Hull in recent weeks.

But he is also under no illusions about what will constitute a good result for his re-shuffled side which will be without injured midfielder Paddy McNair and suspended Papy Djilobodji.

"I think you have to go there and park the double decker bus," added Moyes. "I think anybody who plays against Liverpool has to park the double decker bus.

"But we will hopefully have two centre-forwards like we've got at the moment scoring goals at the other end of the pitch as well. I don't think you can kid yourself - they (Liverpool) are in good form and are a good team."

Moyes admitted to being saddened by the loss of McNair for the rest of the season due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained in last week's 3-0 win over the Tigers.

"It's a big blow because we are trying to rebuild and get some young players into the team, the type of player who will be there for a long time, and Paddy is one of them," said Moyes.

"He was just starting to get a few Premier League games and to find his feet and for him to miss the rest of the season with a cruciate is a real blow."

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