Liverpool vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool can make it three wins on the spin as they face Sunderland at Anfield, with the visitors taking on members of last season’s top five for the fourth time in five matches.

All the talk at Leicester City on Tuesday night was of the return of captain Steven Gerrard to the Liverpool starting XI, and he did not disappoint as he hit his side’s crucial second goal during an outstanding individual performance.

But it was a collective display which bore more of a resemblance to last season, as they consistently troubled the Foxes defence with real energy and tempo and recovered well from a shaky start which saw goalkeeper Simon Mignolet look exceedingly uncomfortable.

The workmanlike Wearsiders were unable to compete with a rampant Manchester City on Wednesday, but they should still be a difficult side for Liverpool to beat, with Lee Cattermole offering strong protection to the back four.

With the height and strength of Connor Wickham in attack, Sunderland will be confident of filling the hosts with anxiety, but will to prevent the game from getting stretched, with Raheem Sterling looking to exploit the lack of pace in the back four.

Jon Flanagan, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge will remain out for Liverpool, who hope to have Philippe Coutinho fit after he missed the game at Leicester.

Sunderland are without Emanuele Giaccherini, Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt, while Sebastian Coates cannot face his parent club.

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