A Liverpool side, confident from beating league leaders Leicester on the Boxing Day, will look to clinch all three points when they travel to the Wearside.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp produced a mixed bag of results this season so far. Sometimes, they have found it hard to win against the counter-attacking teams that love to sit back and defend. Sam Allardyce’s side will take the strategy of waiting and catching the Reds on quick break.
The Merseysiders are fresh from a huge victory against the season sensation Leicester City. They will particularly be proud of their defensive display as the Lovren-Sakho pair shut down the Vardy goal threat completely. Liverpool full-backs also kept the pressure on the flanks to keep Albrighton and Mahrez at bay. That Boxing Day clash is the only time this season that Claudio Ranieri’s boys failed to score.
A comparatively weak Sunderland attack will find it difficult to trouble a solid Liverpool defence. The Black Cats were finding life easier under Sam Allardyce before four back-to-back losses hit them badly. On a stretch of four games, they had to play Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and one of this season’s wonders Watford. They are likely to continue their miserable run to five straight defeats as they welcome a red hot Liverpool side eyeing a jump to 7th place of the points table.
Sunderland vs Liverpool Team News
Jurgen Klopp is not yet confident about Daniel Sturridge’s fitness. Divock Origi will miss out the trip to Sunderland after incurring an injury against Leicester. Christian Benteke remains the only attacking option up front. James Milner is still out but Jordan Ibe is expected to make a return.
John O’Shea may miss this clash due to a calf injury and Wes Brown will be the likely replacement. Younnes Kaboul continues his phase on the sidelines.
Sunderland vs Liverpool Probable Lineup
Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones, Coates, Brown, Van Aanholt; M’Vila, Cattermole, Rodwell; Johnson, Defoe, Borini.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Henderson; Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana; Benteke.
Sunderland vs Liverpool Key Stats
- Sunderland only managed three wins in 28 Premier League encounters with Liverpool.
- Liverpool were unbeaten in their last six meetings with Sunderland. (W4 D2).
- Liverpool have lost their last two away games in league. It was nearly three years back in April 2012, when they last lost on three consecutive road-trips.
- Sunderland have conceded 37 goals in Premier League this season, three more than any other club.
- Christian Benteke netted five times against the Black Cats, his personal best among all sides.
Sunderland vs Liverpool Betting Odds
Sunderland win: 47/10
Liverpool win: 8/11