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Are The Black Cats able to beat Liverpool?

Last updated: February 2, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWWL
Away form: DLWLW
Last season: 0-0
Competition: The Premier League

Liverpool’s recent results are quite satisfying, so Jurgen Klopp can be happy with his players. Even though The Reds lost 0-1 to Stoke City in the second leg of the semi-finals, they qualified for the final of The Capital One Cup after winning on penalties. In addition, they showed great spirit, turning things around and winning 5-4 against Norwich in their last away Premier League game.

On the other hand, Sunderland are in good shape too. They’ve lost only 2 of their last 5 Premier League games. The Black Cats won 3-1 against Aston Villa at home and 4-2 against Swansea at The Liberty Stadium. Furthermore, Jermaine Defoe scored 5 goals in these games. The striker is Sunderland’s top goal-scorer with 12 goals from all competitions.

Liverpool won the three points in the previous meeting between these two teams. The Reds were lucky to beat The Black Cats 1-0 at The Stadium of Light. Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game just a minute after the break. That was Liverpool’s second win in a row against Sunderland and now The Reds will be looking for a third.


Team News

Sam Allardyce bought the Ivorian defender Lamine Kone of Lorient. The new signing has recorded 18 appearances in The French Ligue 1 this season.

Dame N’Doye, Khazri, Kirchhoff and the goalkeeper Steve Harper also arrived at The Stadium of Light, while Steven Fletcher was loaned to Olympique Marseille.

Sebastian Larsson for Sunderland is still injured. The midfielder is suffering from a knee injury. He’s made 11 appearances this season.

Sturridge, Coutinho, Origi, Gomez and Ings are injured for Liverpool. Even though Daniel Sturridge was linked to a transfer deal, he remains in the Reds’ squad.

Quotes of the week

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “The boys deserved to win but it is like it is.”

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “Players had to go out and the balancing act of getting that right is hugely difficult.”


Expected line-ups:

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Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Leiva, Milner, Can, Henderson, Firmino, Adam Lallana.
Subs Bogdan, Toure, Caulker, Allen, Skrtel, Benteke, Ibe.
Injured: Ings, Origi, Rossiter, Gomez, Sturridge, Coutinho.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Brown, Jones, O’Shea, van Aanholt, M’Vila, Cattermole, Johnson, Lens, Defoe, Borini.
Subs Harper, Watmore, Graham, Yedlin, Coates, Kone, N’Doye.
Injured: Larsson.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

benteke Benteke this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 (8) 1188 6 2,3 2 2 2 0
Borini this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 (2) 1039 2 1,8 1 0 4 0

So far this season

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Liverpool this season Sunderland this season
7 League Position 19
4 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
4-1 vs. Man City Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (1)
3 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (9)
0-3 to Watford and West Ham Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Everton
Benteke (6) Top scorer Defoe (9)
Milner (5) Assist Leader Johnson (5)
Y42, R1 Discipline Y44, R2
7 Failures to score 7
7 Clean Sheets 3
10 Both Teams to Score Games 13
10 Over 2.5 Games 13
13 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Liverpool lost their last home Premier League match (0-1 to Manchester United). That’s their only defeat in the team’s last five league games at Anfield.
  • Sunderland lost 4 of their last 5 away Premier League matches. The Black Cats scored in each of these matches, but managed to win only against Swansea (4-2).
  • The last match between these two teams at Anfield ended with a 0-0 draw. Sunderland’s last win in Liverpool was 29 years ago.
  • Liverpool have won 8 of their last 15 matches against Sunderland at Anfield. The other 7 games finished with draws. So, Sunderland’s players know how to earn a point in Liverpool.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
30/12/15 The Premier League Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool C. Benteke 46
10/01/15 The Premier League Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool L. Marković 8′
06/12/14 The Premier League Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland
26/03/14 The Premier League Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland S. Gerrard 39′
29/09/13 The Premier League Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool D. Sturridge 28′