Sunderland v Liverpool: Premier League preview
Relegation threatened Sunderland begin their calendar year against title-challenging Liverpool on Monday.
The Reds ended 2016 with a 1-0 win over Manchester City. Gini Wijnaldum’s headed goal separated the two sides.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said that beating Man City was “the perfect way to end the year.”
A win for Liverpool would close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just three points, with the Blues only in action on Wednesday.
Sunderland suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Burnley on Saturday.
Jermain Defoe scored a consolation goal with Burnley already 4-0 up.
David Moyes slammed his side’s efforts. “That was the worst performance in my time here, and maybe, the worst performance in all my time as a manager.”
Sunderland have lost four of their last five matches, while Liverpool have won four on the spin.
Sunderland v Liverpool team news
Sunderland could be without as many as ten first team players on Monday.
Lamine Kone and Victor Anichebe are both expected to miss out after suffering injuries in Saturday’s defeat.
Jason Denayer is a doubt with a hamstring strain, while Billy Jones is suspended after picking up his fifth caution of the season.
Vito Mannone will continue in goal while Jordan Pickford recovers from a knee injury.
Fabio Borini is likely to face his former side.
Duncan Watmore, Paddy McNair, Jan Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole and Lynden Gooch are long-term absentees.
Jordan Henderson will be assessed after being forced off with a heel injury against Man City.
The match is likely to come too soon for Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho, who are both out with ankle injuries.
Simon Mignolet is expected to continue his run in goal ahead of Loris Karius. Liverpool bought Mignolet from Sunderland in 2013.
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