Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland: Brendan Rodgers Praises Reds's 'Character' (PICTURES)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side's outstanding goalscoring exploits can occasionally work against them in terms of expectation but believes they have a real winning mentality and strong character.

The Reds' 2-1 win at home to Sunderland - a seventh successive Barclays Premier League victory - produced a tense finish having seemingly been comfortable with two-goal cushion.

Liverpool are the top-flight's leading scorers with 84 goals and while a Steven Gerrard free-kick and Daniel Sturridge's 20th of the season put them on track to regain second spot from Manchester City, Ki Sung-Yueng's header set the nerves jangling and John O'Shea almost snatched a very late equaliser.

Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's opener from another set-piece

"The perception is that we are going to get four, five and six goals each game - which is wonderful," said the Northern Irishman.

"We knew that this was a game that we knew we have to be patient with. We were the dominant team but no matter how dominant you are when it gets to 2-1 it is going to be tight for that last 10 minutes or so.

Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

"I thought we showed great character and deserved to win the game. Credit to them they kept fighting because they are in a difficult position.

"It shows the character of the team that we stayed with it and showed that winning mentality and finished with another great victory. It is more satisfying."