Sunderland travel to Liverpool to see if they can shock the Reds at their Anfield home.
Jose Enrique will miss out with a hamstring injury. Winger Stewart Downing, who has filled in at left-back previously, may be asked to provide cover again. Illness has been sweeping through the camp but the club are confident of keeping infection down to a minimum after midfielder Jordan Henderson and back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones were affected prior to Sunday’s win over QPR.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Downing, Gerrard, Lucas, Sterling, Henderson, Shelvey, Suarez, Jones, Gulacsi, Carragher, Coates, Wisdom, Allen, Sahin, Cole, Suso..
Team news: Manager Martin O’Neill will be without defender John O’Shea as the Republic of Ireland international damaged a hamstring during Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham. Full-back Danny Rose returns to the squad after being ineligible against his parent club but skipper Lee Cattermole and central defender Wes Brown (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Bramble, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.
Referee: P Dowd; Assistants: A Garratt, D Bryan; Fourth official: N Swarbrick
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Liverpool (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Downing; Allen, Gerrard; Sterling, Henderson, Shelvey; Suárez.
Sunderland (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Mignolet; Gardner, Bramble, Cuellar, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Sunderland have never beaten Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League (in 11 attempts).
The Black Cats have only beaten Liverpool three times in the Premier League (in 23 attempts).
The highest-scoring match between the two clubs was a 6-5 top-flight win for Sunderland in December 1930.
The Reds have only won back-to-back Premier League games once this season.
Liverpool hit the woodwork 26 times in 2012 – more than any other side.
Luis Suarez now has eight away goals in the Premier League this season – more than any other player. And he now has 13 league goals in total this season, two more than last season.
In their past 10 Premier League matches, the Black Cats have lost six, won three and drawn one.
The Wearsiders have scored at least once in their past seven Premier League matches.
Against Tottenham in their last match, John O’Shea scored his first Premier League goal in over three years. His last came in Manchester United’s win at Stoke in September 2009.
SOURCE: BBC Sport