Sunderland set to start Connor Wickham at Liverpool

READY TO GO ... Connor Wickham.
READY TO GO ... Connor Wickham.

GUS POYET has delivered a strong hint that Connor Wickham will start tomorrow’s trip to Liverpool, as he searches for a “solution” to Sunderland’s goalscoring problems.

The Black Cats have netted just three times in their last seven games and drew a blank in back-to-back meetings against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Norwich.

Head coach Poyet will be without the injured Steven Fletcher at Anfield and ineligible on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, while Jozy Altidore is desperately struggling for form after failing to find the net in his last 19 outings.

And with Wickham now back in Sunderland’s ranks after being recalled from his loan spell at Championship Leeds United, Poyet admits that the England Under-21 frontman is under consideration.

Poyet said today: “We’ve been trying different things, different situations.

“Fabio is not available tomorrow, so I’m going to keep trying different things. Connor is an option.

“I can’t keep closing my eyes, keep picking the team until the end of the season and think why didn’t I try that.

“It’s my job to keep searching for the solution and then you know you’ve done everything.”

In contrast to Sunderland, Liverpool have had no trouble finding the net, with the Premier League’s top scorers amassing a tally of 82 goals in just 30 games.

“We need to be a very good team because they’ve been scoring for fun,” added Poyet.

“We need to change that goalscoring situation somehow.

“At different times during the game, they’re going to be pressing, especially with the excitement around Liverpool Football Club right now.

“Whatever team I pick, it’s about the character of the team on the pitch and how they deal with different situations.

“No-one expects us to do anything.

“But we’ve got a great chance to go there relax, play our football and defend well.”