Brendan Rodgers had some very positive things to say regarding the return of Daniel Sturridge to his XI.
Liverpool were full of promise and hope having acquitted themselves well against champions elect Chelsea at Anfield a week ago, their high pressing game and searing pace on the break caused numerous problems on the night earning Thibaut Courtois the man-of-the-match award.
Liverpool's recent defensive improvement may have more to do with the presence of Lucas in the XI than anything else.
Raheem Sterling is back from his break and ready to trouble Aston Villa this weekend.
Dejan Lovren, one of the significant signings for Liverpool over the summer, appears to have to wrestle his job back from Mamadou Sakho if he wants to partner Martin Skrtel in the heart of the Reds defense.
Oussama Assaidi has left Liverpool FC on a permanent transfer to Al Ahli Club of the UAE Arabian Gulf League.
Steven Gerrard was removed from Liverpool's win over Sunderland at halftime due to tightness in the leg.
A goal by Lazar Markovic in the first 10 minutes was enough for Liverpool as Sunderland would be down a man for much of the second half and the Reds held on to a 0-1 final.
Raheem Sterling is enjoying an extended break in Jamaica and will not play against Sunderland this weekend.
Phillipe Coutinho has been one of Liverpool's more consistent attacking weapons in recent weeks and can be trusted for starts in fantasy due to the Reds current injury woes.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will join MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.
Adam Lallana as been ruled out of action for a month following a thigh injury he picked up on New Year's Day.
Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season and join another club to be named within the next 24 hours.
Leicester City made a huge comeback to earn a point at Anfield in what turned out as a 2-2 draw.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will miss game week 20 after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season during the thrashing of Swansea City at Anfield on Monday.