Gus Poyet has made five changes from the midweek defeat against Manchester City. Wes Brown comes back in for the ineligible Sebastian Coates, Liam Bridcutt replaces Lee Cattermole, Gomez comes in for Rodwell, Will Buckley drops to the bench to make way for the returning Adam Johnson and Fletcher makes way for Jozy up front.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Costel Pantilimon, Santiago Vergini, Anthony Reveillere, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Liam Bridcutt, Seb Larsson, Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson, Connor Wickham, Jozy Altidore.
Subs: Vito Mannone, Thomas Robson, Lee Cattermole, Jack Rodwell, Will Buckley, Ricky Alvarez, Steven Fletcher.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert, Raheem Sterling.
Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Dejan Lovren, Joe Allen, Lazar Markovic, Steven Gerrard, Emre Can.