After a fantastic win against table topping Leicester, the outlook of the fans and the atmosphere surrounding the club seems to be back on track and a win against struggling Sunderland will certainly be vital to keep up with the top 4. After Leicester and on to Sunderland, these two fixtures seem weird in that you’d normally think both clubs to be struggling at lower parts of the table but in fact are at opposite ends so this fixture will be very different to our previous game. I expect we’ll have more possession and Sunderland will look to be very physical and mark us closely and try to hit us on the counter. They were awful in their last game and I fully expect a reaction from them. They’ll take heart at Newcastle’s and Watford’s results against us so we going to have to be at our best again because we have struggled to get results in winnable fixtures. With injuries in the team, this will hamper Klopp’s rotation but I’d go with the following line up:
Clyne Lovren Sakho Moreno
Ibe Coutinho Lallana
Hopefully we start the game well and are in a good enough position for youngsters like Texeira, Brannagan and the likes get a chance to come on and get some first team action.