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MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland v Liverpool

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This Wednesday we welcome Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool to the Stadium of Light, looking to end a run of four straight losses since our last win against Stoke City.

Keeping within touching distance of the other clubs facing relegation is becoming more and more difficult with each passing week - fast movement in the January window is of the utmost importance to save our season.

In the meantime even a point and dogged performance against Liverpool could provide everyone a lift coming into the New Year, with huge games against Aston Villa and Swansea on the horizon.

Aston Villa is beyond doubt the most important of the two fixtures and easily our best chance of gaining three points, but how reassuring would it be to head into that clash off the back of a hardworking and organised performance against a stuttering Liverpool?

The Lads should be looking to use this fixture as a platform to push on, gaining self belief and confidence along the way. Lord knows we need it.

Match Appointments

Referee: Kevin Friend

Assistants: S Bennett & A Halliday

Fourth Official: N Swarbrick

Team News

Sunderland

Younes Kaboul has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury, whilst John O'Shea is a doubt and will likely miss out. Wes Brown looks set to make only his second appearance of the season, and the loss of Kaboul and O'Shea could bring about a place in the match day squad for youngster Tom Beadling.

Jack Rodwell is available after serving a one a match suspension, as is Lee Cattermole who came through the final forty minutes of the Manchester City game unscathed.

Liverpool

Jurgan Klopp has publicly stated that Daniel Sturridge will not be risked in this game, with Christian Benteke likely to retain his place up front for the Reds.

Divick Origi and Jordan Ibe could return, while James Milner and Martin Skrtel both miss out through injury.

Form

Sunderland

Saturday 26th December - Man City 4-1 Sunderland

Saturday 19th December - Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Saturday 12th December - Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Saturday 5th December - Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Saturday 28th November - Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Monday 23rd November - Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland


Liverpool

Saturday 26th December - Liverpool 1-0 Leicester

Sunday 20th December - Watford 3-0 Liverpool

Sunday 13th December - Liverpool 2-2 West Brom

Sunday 6th December - Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool

Sunday 29th November - Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

Saturday 21st November - Man City 1-4 Liverpool

What the Managers Say:

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce:

"We are struggling in defending terms; we aren't getting in people's faces and aren't closing the opposition down enough.

"That's definitely a factor that's been brought to light, particularly in the last two games. We must get better at it if we are to put points on the board.

"Our play out of possession is equally as important as when we have the ball."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

"I think second balls will be a big thing to think about for Sunderland.

"We want to improve our situation, we want to develop, we want to get more points in this important moment in the league.

"We have to go to Sunderland and be concentrated from the first second, like we were against Leicester."

Last 10 League Meetings

10th Jan 2015 - Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

06th Dec 2014 - Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland

26th Mar 2014 - Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

29th Sep 2013 - Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool

02nd Jan 2013 - Liverpool 3-0 Sunderland

15th Sep 2012 - Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

10th Mar 2012 - Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool

13th Aug 2011 - Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland

20th Mar 2011 - Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool

25th Sep 2010 - Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland

Last Corresponding Fixture

Flashback

Since 1983 we have only beaten Liverpool three times - here are the highlights of all three fixtures.

15th Dec 2002 - Sunderland 2-1 Liverpool



17th Oct 2009 - Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool

10th Mar 2012 -Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool

Stats 'n' Facts

Head-to-head

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in six Premier League matches against Sunderland (W4, D2).
  • Sunderland have won just three of their 28 Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • The Reds have conceded only 10 goals in their last 22 league meetings with Sunderland.

Sunderland

  • Sunderland have lost four league matches in a row - they haven't lost five since April 2014.
  • Sam Allardyce's side have lost six of their last eight league games (W2).
  • They have won two of their last four league matches at the Stadium of Light and they only conceded two goals in those four games.
  • The Black Cats have conceded a league-high 37 goals in 18 matches this season.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool have lost their last two away league games and failed to score in either of them. April 2012 was the last time they lost three successive matches on the road.
  • Fourteen goals have been scored in the Reds' last four away matches - an average of 3.5 goals per game.
  • They have won three, drawn three and lost three on their travels so far in 2015-16.
  • James Milner and Christian Benteke have both scored five Premier League goals against Sunderland - more than they have managed against any other club.