Predicted Liverpool and Sunderland line-ups - Who does Rodgers hold back?

Match to be played on Saturday 6th December 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

The rest of the week will be a bit more comfortable for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after his side played well to secure a 3-1 away win at Leicester City earlier this week.

Liverpool haven’t been in their best form in recent times but there are some signs that they are getting back to the positive performances of last season.

The problem for Rodgers ahead of the game against Sunderland is the Champions League match against Basel next week, which is extremely important for the Reds in terms of their hopes of making it into the last 16 of the competition.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was forced to watch the floodgates open yet again as his side went down 4-1 at home against Manchester City.

That result could cause the Black Cats to sharpen up and defend hard in this game, which could make them more difficult to break down.

Here are the possible sides that each club could go with.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard, Coutinho, Sterling, Lambert

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Cattermole, Alvarez, Larsson, Rodwell, Wickham, Fletcher

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