Goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Sunderland have what it takes to overcome Liverpool at the Stadium of Light tonight.
Gordon, Scotland's number one, was in the Sunderland side that enjoyed a dramatic opening-day win over Tottenham this time last season and he wants more of the same.
Roy Keane's side's preparations suffered a glitch last weekend when their final pre-season game in Ireland was called off after flooding in Dublin.
But Gordon, signed for a record £9million before the start of last season, insists it has not hindered the Black Cats' planning.
He said: 'Everyone is looking sharp, we've certainly prepared well and we're all ready for it, we can't wait.
'A pre-season game called off for rain was very unusual, but it couldn't be helped, the conditions were dreadful. It won't affect us - our preparations have been good; we're up to full speed so we'll be ready.
'It's great to get back into it and prepare for a big game in front of what will be a big crowd. There are no easy games in this league, but we had a great start to the season last year, winning at home to Tottenham, so hopefully we can have a similar sort of start this time around.'
Gordon, who enjoyed some impressive performances in his first season on Wearside following his record-breaking move from Hearts, believes the club's fans will be vital this season.
'They were one of the main factors we stayed in the league and they deserve a lot of credit,' he said. 'They will be just as important to us this season and, with them behind us, there's no reason we can't go out and beat Liverpool.
'We had a decent home record last season and we want to continue that. If we can do so, and improve our record away from the Stadium of Light, we should be in for a decent season.'
Sunderland are likely to have four new faces in their side against the Reds - Steed Malbranque, El-Hadji Diouf, Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio - and Gordon has been impressed with them in pre-season.
'You can tell straight away that they are quality players,' said the Scot. 'They have brought something extra to the squad and they have impressed in the warm-up games.
'When you sign good new players it also gives your existing players a push - they know they have to improve to stay in the side.'