Hull City's Sam Clucas in action with Sunderland's Jason Denayer
The Black Cats endured a disastrous start to the season, failing to pick up a win in their first ten league games.
The last two game have seen them improve drastically, though, securing a win over Bournemouth and then a 3-0 success against Hull City last weekend to move within three points of safety.
They face a tough ask to make it three wins in three this weekend when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
The Reds have been in fine form so far, sitting as the league’s highest goalscorers and just a point behind leaders Chelsea.
The trip is a daunting one, to say the least, but Denayer says they head to Merseyside in a positive mindset.
"Liverpool is a very good team and they lost only one game in the league," he told Sky Sports.
"It's going to be a difficult game and everybody knows it. We go there with a positive mind and we're going to do our best.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes, Jason Denayer and Lamine Kone at full time
It will certainly be interesting to see how Sunderland approach the game against Liverpool this weekend.
Given the way the Reds have performed this season, it would surely be unwise for the Black Cats to go all out attack in search of a big victory.
At the same time, it would also be unwise to sit back and accept a point, especially with Liverpool’s defence having shown weakness this season and it remains to be seen what decision David Moyes elects to go with.
Sunderland manager David Moyes