Liverpool will lock horns with Sunderland on Saturday with the maximum three points in their sight. The manager, Jurgen Klopp, has warned the team of any complacency as they seek to return to the top of the table. The manager went further to proclaimed the black cats as the favourites by virtue of the points the two teams has achieved in the last two matches, Sunderland with six out of six while Liverpool had just four.
Liverpool have not lost any match in their new look Anfield stadium, with Manchester United the only team to have left there with a point. Sunderland will try not to be intimidated by this and will be hoping in form Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe continue their impressive run in front of goal. The Nigerian striker has scored three goals in two games while his English partner has three in three.
Sunderland boss, David Moyes said in his news conference that anybody who plays against Liverpool has to park the double decker bus and that they will come to Anfield to make things difficult for Liverpool. Can the double decker bus stop the Liverpool impressive forntline?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no fresh injury concern but Adam Lallana may likely miss out on this one again. The midfielder did not feature against his former club last week and he was absent in training on Thursday. Klopp could name an unchanged side for the first time since his second game in charge 13 months ago.
Forward Danny ings is out for the season.
Steven Pienaar is available for Sunderland after a ban. Papy Djilobodji is suspended while Borini and Larsson are out with groin and knee injury respectively. Lee Cattermole is out with a hip injury while Paddy McNair and Jack Rodwell will miss out with a Knee and a hamstring injury respectively.
Sunderland have won only one of the last eight meetings between the two sides, A 1-0 victory at home. They have not won at Anfield in the last 17 meetings.
Liverpool are unbeaten at home since January. A run of 13 matches(W8, D5)
since the last time the two teams met at Anfield on February 6, Liverpool have had 52 points from 25 games. The most in the league.
Two wins in a row have seen Sunderland move a spot up the table. They have not won three in a row since a four match winning streak in April and May 2014. That was also the last time they won consecutive away matches.
Three players have been sent off for Sunderland this season. The most of any side.
Jermain Defoe has scored 18 premier league goals in 2016. Only Sergio Aguero(25) and Harry Kane(19) has more.
REFEREE FOR THE MATCH:
Greater Manchester born Taylor will be in charge of a Liverpool’s match for the second time this season. He was in charge of the North west derby between Liverpool and Manchester united at Anfield in October 2016. The game ended 0-0.
He has shown 44 yellow cards and no red card in 14 games. He has awarded three penalties this season.