Confirmed: Sunderland v Liverpool line-ups, Borini starts

Sunderland Stadium of Light

Sunderland host Liverpool in the Premier League this evening.

Sunderland take on Liverpool this evening hoping to earn a crucial victory to end a difficult 2015 on a high note.

The Black Cats can move eight points clear of bottom side Aston Villa with a win, although even then they would be four points from safety.

Presently in 19th place, rivals Newcastle are in 18th with 17 points compared to Sunderland's 12.

Winning will not be easy against Liverpool, who have a chance to move level on points with rivals Manchester United.

They are coming off the back of a hard fought win over Leicester City, and will be keen to bounce back from their last away game, an embarrassing loss to Watford.

The Reds are currently in 10th position but could move up to seventh with a victory at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are on a losing streak, defeated in their last four matches, and Sam Allardyce's side need to start picking up points.

Sunderland lineup

Starting:

  • Vito Mannone
  • Wes Brown
  • Sebastián Coates
  • Billy Jones
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Adam Johnson
  • Yann M'Vila
  • Jack Rodwell
  • Fabio Borini
  • Jermain Defoe

Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Tom Beadling, DeAndre Yedlin, Danny Graham, Jeremain Lens, Ola Toivonen, Duncan Watmore.

Liverpool lineup

Starting:

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Mamadou Sakho
  • Emre Can
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Adam Lallana
  • Christian Benteke
  • Roberto Firmino

Substitutes: Adam Bogdan, Brad Smith, Connor Randall, Kolo Touré, Jordon Ibe, João Teixeira, Lucas Leiva.

Sunderland injury news

Younes Kaboul out - hamstring

John O'Shea questionable - calf

Adam Matthews out - ankle

Sebastian Larsson out - knee

Liverpool injury news

Jon Flanagan out - knee

Joseph Gomez out - ACL

Martin Skrtel out - hamstring

James Milner out - calf

Jordan Rossiter out - hamstring

Danny Ings out - ACL

Divock Origi out - hamstring

Daniel Sturridge out - hamstring

Jordon Ibe probable - illness

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