If the mark of top teams is always how they bounce back from adversity, then Manchester City have a perfect chance to show just how good they are on Wednesday evening.
Manuel Pellegrini's side will still be reeling from the manner in which they lost both the match and title favouritism at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, but with the visit of bottom club Sunderland comes the opportunity of redemption.
Six weeks have passed since City beat Gus Poyet's men to claim the Capital One Cup at Wembley, but this league fixture will assume an even greater importance now.
Win, and City will go four points behind Liverpool, exactly where they kicked off the match at Anfield on Sunday.
However, a failure to pick up the three points could see irreparable damage done to their bid for a second league title inside three years.
Here's how Pellegrini could play it: