After the victories over Everton and Stoke City, Liverpool managed to continue their dominance till the last game of 2016 as they managed to take all three points from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the previous round. Georginio Wijnaldum scored the winner for Liverpool who are now just 6 points off Chelsea at the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp will hope that his side can reduce the deficit this week as he takes his side and travels to the Stadium of Light, less than 48 hours after the previous game. David Moyes’ side have been atrocious at times this season but will be expected to put up a decent fight playing at home. The Liverpool manager is expected to use some of his bench for this game and here is the predicted lineup he might field for this game.
The Reds are without their skipper Jordan Henderson, who misses a trip to his former side after picking up an ankle injury in the previous game. Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip are also ruled out of this game while Danny Ings remains the only other injury concern for the Reds.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
The Belgian shot stopper is the first choice for Liverpool at the moment and he should keep his place in the squad for this game.
Trent Alexander Arnold:
With Clyne putting in a super shift in the previous game, Klopp might want to rest him for this game and will go with Trent AA for this game at right-back.
The Brazilian international has been used as a center back for good effect this season and should relieve Dejan Lovren of his duties for this game.
The summer buy for Liverpool, Klavan, has also been in sublime form off late and should start at the back for Liverpool.
The Spaniard has not been able to break into the first team ahead of James Milner this season but he should get his chance to prove himself as he gives Milner some much deserved rest in this game.
The German midfielder is integral to the plans at the club for Klopp and he should start as the deepest midfielder for Liverpool in this game.
The young midfielder has put in some reliable performances in the past and he will get his chance to start a game on this trip to Sunderland.
The heart beat of this Liverpool side, Lallana, has been in superb form off late and should start this game away from home.
Playing his last game before jetting off to the AFCON, Mane, should start this game as he will hope to have a long lasting effect before flying away.
The Belgian was decent coming on as a substitute in the game against City and he should be bought back into the starting XI for this clash against the Black Cats.
The English international was an unused substitute in the previous game but he should get his chance from the start on the night against Sunderland.
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