Liverpool v Sunderland: Premier League preview
Liverpool will be hoping to return to winning ways on Saturday when the host Sunderland at Anfield at 3pm.
The Reds start gameweek 13 second in the table, while the Black Cats are second bottom of the division.
Last weekend, Liverpool were held to a goalless draw away at Southampton, while Sunderland put in their best performance of the season as they beat Hull 3-0 at the Stadium of Light to win their second game on the bounce.
In that match against the Tigers, Victor Anichebe continued his fine scoring form with a brace, while Jermain Defoe made EPL history registering his 150th goal in the English top flight.
Whether Sunderland will be able to keep their winning run going v Jurgen Klopp’s men is doubtful. Crucially, Liverpool have never lost a Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield (W7 D8).
Liverpool will continue to be without Adam Lallana this weekend, so Klopp will have to decide on whether to start Daniel Sturridge in attack and play Roberto Firmino deeper, or alternatively the likes of Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum will play in the centre of the park.
The Reds have no other selection concerns.
As for Sunderland, former Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji is suspended, while Paddy McNair has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
David Moyes’s problems go further, as Jack Rodwell has a hamstring problem, while Lee Cattermole remains a long term absentee.
Liverpool predicted line up
Sunderland predicted line up
101GG predicts: Liverpool 3 – Sunderland 1