Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has played down Liverpool's title hopes despite their strong start to the season.
The Reds moved up to second in the Premier League table after a 3-1 win at managerless Sunderland, with Sturridge opening the scoring before two goals from Luis Suarez - either side of Emanuele Giaccherini's effort for the Black Cats - sealing victory.
It was the Anfield club's fourth win in six league matches, but the England striker is refusing to get carried away at this early stage.
"It's early days, take every day as it comes. Don't worry about the future, worry about the here and now," he said on Sky Sports 1.
"I don't think we played as well as we could have in the first half, even though we were 2-0 up, but it was very difficult in the second half.
"We took our foot off the pedal a little bit and once they scored a goal it got a bit more difficult for us but we held on in the end.
"We defended well towards the end of the game and then got a late goal, which killed it off."
Sturridge opened the scoring in controversial fashion, with the ball taking a heavy deflection off his arm before nestling in the net.
The England man defended his actions, however, adding: "It's a great ball from Stevie, it's gone over the defender's head and it was last minute, I've obviously tried to head it but I guess my heading's not good enough.
"The ball's just gone in off my arm but I wouldn't do that on purpose. Sometimes these things happen."
Suarez netted a brace on his first Premier League outing since his 10-game ban and Sturridge believes the Uruguayan's presence can only help Liverpool this season.
"It's great to have him back in, he gives us options and he's one of the best forwards in the league. We form a good partnership," said the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker.
"We miss Philippe Coutinho, with his injury, we've got some great players in this team and I'm happy to be playing with them."