Sunderland manager Roy Keane felt that striker Fernando Torres made all the difference in his side's 1-0 defeat by Liverpool on the opening day of the new season.
Torres struck the only goal of the game with seven minutes left to play at the Stadium of Light, leaving Keane to rue the quality that the Spain ace possesses.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "One moment made the difference.
"I thought we played some pretty good stuff. We had a few chances and against the big boys you have to take your chances.
"I think if we had scored one, Liverpool would have found it tough after having had a tough game midweek in the Champions League.
"With 10-15 minutes to go, they were just getting a little bit stronger, then we drop off Torres and as soon as it left his foot I thought goal.
"It was the one moment where we did back off him, but that's the difference at this level.
"He's an absolutely top striker, that's why they cost £25-30million. He's won Liverpool a game and that will make a big difference to them."