Sunderland v Liverpool

Sunderland will be hoping to avoid a fifth Premier League defeat on the trot when Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

Sam Allardyce's side were battered 4-1 by Manchester City on Boxing Day, which followed on from defeats to Arsenal, Watford and Chelsea.

The Black Cats are seven points adrift of safety in 19th position after losing six of their last eight league outings.

The 10th-placed Reds, meanwhile, picked up a morale-boosting 1-0 win over high-flying Leicester on Saturday, which halted a three-match winless run.

Jurgen Klopp's team have claimed the big scalps of the Blues and City recently, but they have also dropped points against the smaller clubs after losing to Newcastle and Watford.

In team news, the hosts will hand a late fitness test to defender John O'Shea, who sustained a calf injury against the Citizens last time out.

If O'Shea doesn't make it, Allardyce must choose between Wes Brown and Tom Beadling to slot into defence.

However, midfielder Jack Rodwell is back in contention after missing the last game through suspension, but Younes Kaboul (hamstring) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Visiting boss Klopp is expected to be without Divock Origi after the striker was forced off at half-time against the Foxes with a hamstring injury.

Daniel Sturridge is also unlikely to return as he continues to work his way back from a similar problem, while James Milner misses out once more with a calf worry.

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