The race for fourth place is heating up and Liverpool were handed a massive helping hand by an old friend when Bolo Zenden scored Sunderland‘s third to inflict defeat upon current fourth spot occupants Tottenham.
The Dutch midfielder, on as a sub, hit a sweet left-foot volley after another former Anfield favourite, Peter Crouch, had brought Spurs back into the game just minutes earlier.
Although, by that point the Black Cats should have been 4 up, with Darren Bent missing two penalties when already 2-0 up.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa beat Bolton 1-0 to draw level with Liverpool on 54 points.
Liverpool can put the pressure on with a win against Birmingham at St. Andrews tomorrow.