Liverpool go into this Wednesday’s fixture in resurgent form after an impressive 3-0 win over rock bottom QPR.
They will be hoping though that 2013 delivers a lot more in the Premier League than 2012 did. The Reds still remain reliant upon Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan was up to his usual mischief at Loftus Road last time out delivering two goals.
Brendan Rodgers missed that game through illness and would stay away more often if it proved to be somewhat of a lucky charm.
The January transfer window is set to signal some new arrivals at Anfield but they will be looking to get the best out of what they have got as they still ambitiously eye up the Champions League places.
Martin O’ Neill will be slightly disappointed that his team could not build on their 1-0 over the Premier League Champions on Boxing Day last time out at the Stadium of Light.
They got beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur but the re-emergence of form of Adam Johnson will certainly be a boost to the side.
Steven Fletcher is the main man though and every time he has scored Sunderland have yet to lose a game, and will hope he can get on the scoresheet here.
Jose Enrique (hamstring) was taken off early during Sunday’s 3-0 win over QPR, so Stewart Downing is expected to fill his spot at left back, after impressing there when he’s been in that position this season. Martin Kelly (knee) remains on the sidelines but Brad Jones (illness) could return to the bench.
Wes Brown (knee) is expected to not be able to travel to Anfield, while John O’Shea (hamstring) failed to make the distance in the 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday and is likely to miss the game alongside club captain Lee Cattermole (knee).
Luis Suarez has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Sunderland and will be hoping to rattle in another goal or two here.
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