Liverpool (4-1-2-1-2): Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez
Liverpool host Sunderland having not registered a loss in their last six games and hope to make it seven wins in as many games. Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make any big changes, keeping the same four defensive players and a diamond midfield. The only swap could be in the form of Raheem Sterling getting the nod ahead of Philippe Coutinho with the two currently behind rotated on a match by match basis at the top of the diamond. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge look to break the Premier League partnership record, need only nine more goals between them. A win for The Reds will put them in just one point behind league leaders Chelsea. Three injury concerns have been eliminated as Lucas, Mamadou Sakho, and Ally Cissoko are all available for selection and should start on the bench.
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Dossena, Bridcutt, Johnson, Colback, Ki, Scocco, Wickham
Sunderland who are still in the relegation battle need to bag as many points as possible, but a trip to Anfield might not be the best way. Sitting in 17th place, three points behind Crystal Palace and with two games in hand, Gus Poyet’s men still have a fighting chance for Premier League football next season. However, without a win in four games, the current form of The Black Cats don’t look too good at the moment. With Marcos Alonso suspended for the match, former Liverpool defender Andreas Dossena should be called in to replace him at left back as John O’Shea is moved to partner Wes Brown in the heart of defense. The Sunderland manager should keep a similar line up despite their loss at the weekend, with the only other change coming from Fabio Borini, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, with Ignacio Scocco most likely to be called in.
Tomorrow sunderland just need to do us a life long favor by taking off a point from liverpool
— chi fabs (@fabschelsea) March 25, 2014
Sunderland on Wednesday is such a big game for Liverpool!
— liam✌ (@LiamLobban) March 24, 2014
— $ylve$ter (@Supa_13) March 24, 2014
Sunderland got the better of Liverpool with a 1-0 scoreline thanks to the infamous beach ball incident. Then Sunderland striker Darren Bent’s shot hit a beach a fan threw onto the field causing the ball to change direction and go into the back of the net. Hopefully nothing like this happens again…
Luis Suarez is currently the league’s top scorer with 27 goals and his lethal partnership with Daniel Sturridge will surely cause problems. With a hat trick and an assist from his previous game, he is bound to take advantage of a struggling Sunderland.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland: An Alternative Preview
Luis Suarez has scored seven goals in six Barclays Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
Sunderland have scored just five goals in 12 Premier League visits to Anfield
The Black Cats have won just three of the 25 Premier League games against Liverpool, losing 14 – all three of these wins have come at home.
Liverpool have won 10 and lost none of their last 11 Premier League games at Anfield.
Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in 10 Premier League appearances at Anfield this season, including six in his last four there.
Liverpool have only failed to score in one of their last 15 Premier League games at Anfield (0-1 v Southampton in September), averaging 2.9 goals per game in this period.
Luis Suarez needs two goals to become the first Liverpool player to score 30 league goals in a single season since Ian Rush in 1986-87.
Suarez has scored or assisted 39 goals this season, only three players (Alan Shearer, Andy Cole & Thierry Henry) have been involved in more goals in a single campaign.
In 11 Premier League games in 2014, Liverpool have scored an average of 3.45 goals per game. Over a full season that would result in 131 goals.
Liverpool games have seen an average of four goals per game (for and against combined) this season, the first time this rate has been seen by any top-flight side since the 1963-64 season.