Brendan Rodgers raised the spirits of his Liverpool squad during training at Melwood today, ahead of the Reds' journey to the Stadium of Light for a Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland.

Rodgers' team have suffered consecutive defeats by Southampton and Manchester United but will be determined to claim three points on Sunday against the division's bottom team.

Our photographers were at the club's training complex on Friday to capture the boss putting the players through their paces - check out the best pictures in our 24-image slideshow below.