Jurgen Klopp could be poised to do something he hasn’t done for the last 13 months this Saturday as his side face Sunderland at Anfield.
The German is set to name an unchanged side in the Premier League for the first time since his second game in charge of Liverpool, with Adam Lallana still sidelined with a groin injury.
That means a run of 40 league games with a changed line-up could come to an end this weekend, however David Moyes has no other choice with Paddy McNair missing the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last week.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) November 25, 2016
John O’Shea is tipped to replace the suspended Papy Djilobodji, although Steven Pienaar is back from a ban.
The hosts were frustrated at St Mary’s last time out as they drew a blank in a draw away to Southampton, however their attacking trio had all been part of a busy international schedule.
Going into Saturday’s game they will be a lot fresher than they were after the international break so Sunderland could be on the end of a backlash.
Unbeaten at home in their last 13 matches and with 17 league games without loss against their upcoming opponents, the Reds are firm favourites.
The visitors are showing improvements though, and head into this fixture with back-to-back wins which have lifted them from the foot of the table.
The Black Cats are looking for a third straight win in a row for the first time since April 2014, when they strung together four victories, and in Jermain Defoe they have the third highest scoring striker in the league for 2016.
ðŸ“° John O'Shea knows a thing or two about winning at #lfc, and he's out to break Anfield hearts again on Saturday.
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His tally of 18 is beaten only by Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane although the Merseyside outfit have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight this season, racking up 30 goals in 12 games.
It is an important game at both ends of the table as Liverpool look to return to the summit while Sunderland will be desperate to climb out of the bottom three.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI (4-3-3): Karius; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Can, Henderson, Wjinaldum; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho.
Potential Sunderland Starting XI (4-4-2): Pickford; Jones, O’Shea, Kone, Van Aanholt; Watmore, Ndong, Denayer, Pienaar; Anichebe, Defoe.