Preview: Liverpool v Sunderland

Sunderland will be aiming to keep their recent run of good form going when they travel to Anfield to face an in-form Liverpool side in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool machine come into this game in second place on the standings, just a point behind leaders Chelsea, after their opening 12 matches.

Eight wins and just one loss has seen Klopp's charges accumulate 27 points already, although in their last match, they failed to overcome a determined Southampton side and had to settle for a 0-0 draw and just the one point.

They are, however yet to lose at home in the league this season, and should provide a stern test for David Moyes' men.

Sunderland only just recently managed to claw themselves off the foot of the table, with their first two victories of the season; a 2-1 away win at Bournemouth, before comprehensively seeing off Hull City at home 3-0.

They had lost their previous four matches, and had not won since a couple of positive results in the EFL Cup back in September.

Klopp, though, is determined to end Sunderland's winning run, and ahead of this weekend's tie, he said: "We saw the games and maybe they played better games than against Hull or Bournemouth, but they won the games.

"That's the most important thing, to get confidence, and they have it now. It’s our job to show from the first second as a big group, crowd involved, that we are different – here it's different. 

"Sunderland, if they win football games in the Premier League: well done, deserved, whatever. But not here. 

Moyes, meanwhile, is set to keep faith with his two frontmen, Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe even though he expects to face a rampant Liverpool side.

He said: "We won’t make too many changes, we don’t have many to make. If you look through our squad you can probably near enough pick our team because we don’t have a lot.

"When we go to Liverpool it is a really tough game. You have to see what they have done to Watford and other teams recently. We are not kidding ourselves.

"I want to give them a game (Defoe, and Anichebe) and I would rather try to play if I can. There will be part of it that we have to park the bus and part of me hopes our forwards can get the goals."

In team news, Klopp has a near fully-fit squad to choose from with Adam Lallana the main injury concern, with a groin strain, while Danny Ings remain a long-term absentee.

Moyes has Jason Denayer available again after he suffered cramp last weekend. Paddy McNair is out for the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament while Jan Kirchhoff and Sebastian Larsson remain sidelined, and Papy Djilobodji is suspended.

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