Liverpool hope to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Leicester when they host Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Liverpool start the match at 11 points below the top-four and knowing they can’t afford any more slips to keep their top four finish alive.
Sunderland are deep rooted in the relegation zone and are currently four points below the 17th placed Norwich and will still remain in the danger zone even with a win on Saturday evening.
Liverpool vs Sunderland : Team Form Comparison
Liverpool have only one win to their name since five Premier League matches and their home record this season is pretty alarming after a meagre 4 wins from 11 matches.
The Black Cats can take a lot of positives from their 1-0 home loss to Manchester City on Tuesday night. They have also managed only one win in their last five matches, but lost 9 of the 12 away matches this season.
Liverpool : Team News
The long list injury remains the same for Jurgen Klopp with Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Martin Skrtel, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter and Daniel Sturridge ruled out for this tie.
It will be interesting to see if he starts with Jordan Henderson in the midfield who was carrying an injury throughout the match against Leicester City.
Liverpool : Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Moreno, Sakho, Lovren, Clyne – Henderson, Leiva, Can – Lallana, Milner, Firmino.
Sunderland : Team News
Adam Matthews and Sebastian Larsson are ruled out due to injury while Younes Kaboul is returning to full fitness and could make it to the team sheet.
The new arrival Jan Kirchoff is expected to anchor the midfield after a solid performance against Manchester City in mid-week, while fellow new signing Wahbi Khazri is in line to start at the expense of Jeremain Lens.
Sunderland : Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Mannone – Aanholt, Brown, O’Shea, Jones – Kirchoff – M’Villa, Cattermole, Borino, Khazri – Defoe.
Liverpool vs Sunderland : Head-to-Head Statistics
Despite the similarities in the current forms of the two sides, Sunderland haven’t beaten Liverpool in the last seven league meetings.
Liverpool’s record against Sunderland in the last meetings read four wins and one draw. Sunderland’s last Premier League win came at home by a 1-0 score line on March 2012.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland : Prediction
Liverpool could be motivated by the history advantage they have over Sunderland over these years. But in order to take anything away from this match, Klopp’s men should be giving their all because Sunderland have other plans.
Sam Allardyce knows well that his team has a perfect opportunity on Saturday evening to upset the odds and drive some momentum in to his team to propel them to safety this season.
The match arrives at a time when both teams are desperate for a win and this one is hard to predict. This match could end up in a scored draw, but if anyone has to win it will be Liverpool.
A safe bet for this match will be 1x double chance.