Sunderland’s Bolo Zenden looks forward to visit of old club Liverpool

Bolo Zenden is ready to face his former club Liverpool.

Bolo Zenden is ready to face his former club Liverpool.

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BOLO Zenden is looking forward to the visit of former club Liverpool this weekend, but says he won’t be underestimating the challenge facing Sunderland on Sunday.

The Dutchman, who is expected to return to the first-team squad after overcoming a calf injury, said: “Getting a result against the big boys is always a massive bonus.

“If you do lose at home to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United or Liverpool it is good to be disappointed but you have to be realistic.

“When we play Liverpool we will try everything we can to get a win and if the place is packed that will always give us a bit extra. It always does when the stadium is full to bursting.”

Zenden acknowledges that the Reds have had a poor season by their own standards, but says Sunderland can expect the visitors to continue their fine league form this weekend.

“In the last year when Rafa Benitez left and Roy Hodgson came in, it seemed everything went a bit wrong.

“Every week there was a takeover, then no takeover and obviously that affects the players.

“The new American owners were coming one minute and then not the next.

“Then there was talk of a new stadium and although the first stone should have been laid two or three years ago it has still not moved forward. It is all turmoil.

“That is why the results have suffered but King Kenny has come back in and they are playing again.

“The massive boost they have had recently was the result against Manchester United. That will give them a really big positive vibe and will make a big difference to them.”