- Liverpool has not lost since Matchweek 2
- Sunderland has not won vs LFC since 2012
- Liverpool leads the PL in goals with 30
One team may have found a springboard. The other could possibly be coming back down to Earth.
Sunderland pulled off the bottom of the league with a 3-0 win over Hull City last weekend, the club’s second win in league play this season, and second win in a row. Liverpool, meanwhile, was stymied by Southampton last weekend in a 0-0 draw, marking just four dropped points since August.
Now, they meet at Anfield on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.
Nonetheless, this matchup still presents 2nd vs. 19th, and represents a chance for both sides to make statements. For the Black Cats, the situation is obvious, with a chance for two straight wins for the first time since January and a clear broadcast to the other relegation candidates that they won’t go down quietly. For Liverpool, without a matchup against a top 6 team until January 16, they cannot risk losing ground with Chelsea steamrolling the rest of the league.
Last season’s final meeting between these teams saw these two teams draw at Anfield. The Reds have led the league in points since that time. Liverpool has just one notable injury, with Adam Lallana likely to miss out with a groin injury. Sunderland lost defender Paddy McNair to a torn ACL last week, while Papy Djilobodji is suspended.
What They’re Saying
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “We couldn’t be further away from having the points already. We will not underestimate them, 100 percent not. If one person in the stadium would underestimate them, it would be the first mistake we could make.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes: “Anybody who plays against Liverpool has to park the double-decker bus, but we also have two centre forwards scoring goals.
Sunderland may have won two straight, but that’s come against Bournemouth and Hull, two vulnerable teams especially when struck early as both have been against the Black Cats. Liverpool is too lethal for Sunderland to keep out at Anfield, and the Reds will roll 3-1.