Liverpool v Sunderland: Predicted XIs & Premier League preview

Both Liverpool and Sunderland come into Saturday’s fixture at Anfield following midweek defeats in the league.

The Reds were thoroughly beaten at the King Power Stadium as Jamie Vardy scored a memorable double for Leicester.

As for the Black Cats, they fought hard to get something out of their home game against Man City, however Joe Hart was excellent in goal and Big Sam’s side ended up losing 1-0.

That defeat kept kept Sunderland second bottom of the table and deep in the relegation dogfight. They’ll almost certainly be battling the drop until the final weeks of the season.

As for Liverpool, hopes that Jurgen Klopp’s appointment would drastically alter the direction of the Reds season are steadily subsiding. Sitting 8th, the Reds haven’t been able to make fans believe they can reach the top four this season.

Arguably their best hopes of being in next season’s Champions League are by winning this season’s Europa League.

On the selection news, Liverpool pair Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi could be involved against Sunderland, while Daniel Sturridge remains out of contention.

The Black Cats are waiting to see if Yann M’Vila and Jeremain Lens are fit enough for the match, Younes Kaboul should return, while Wahbi Khazri could make his debut.

Overall, the Reds have dominated this fixture in recent times winning five of the last six match-ups. Christian Benteke has also scored six goals in seven EPL appearances against Sunderland.

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Liverpool possible XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Lucas, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Firmino.

Sunderland possible XI: Mannone, Jones, Kaboul, O’Shea, Van aanholt, Kirchhoff, Khazri, M’Vila, Cattermole, Borini, Defoe.


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