We take a look at the last five meetings between Liverpool and Sunderland.
Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland (2nd March, 2014 – Premier League)
Liverpool kept their challenge for the Premier League title on course with a tense win over relegation strugglers Sunderland.
After a dominant start from Brendan Rodgers’ side, Steven Gerrard broke the visitors’ first half resolve with a 38th-minute free-kick. Liverpool doubled their lead shortly after the break when Daniel Sturridge finished past Vito Mannone.
However, Sunderland fought their way back into the game and pulled one back through substitute Ki Sung-yueng. John O’Shea had a great chance to score a late equaliser but the ex-Manchester United man squandered his chance.
Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland (6th December 2014 – Premier League)
These two sides played out a stalemate in an uneventful game at Anfield.
Gerrard, who was rested ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Basel, came on in the second half but couldn’t inspire his side to break down the Black Cats.
Sunderland’s best opportunities were wasted by Connor Wickham and Wes Brown, as they picked up their ninth draw of the season.
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool (10th January, 2015 – Premier League)
Liverpool overcame ten-man Sunderland to gain ground in the hunt for Champions League football.
Lazar Markovic scored the winner in the ninth-minute, as Sunderland were reduced to ten men following Liam Bridcutt’s second yellow card.
The home side could only muster one shot on target and would drop to 16th following the result.
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool (30th December, 2015 – Premier League)
Sunderland would enter 2016 on the back of five defeats and seven points adrift of safety after a home defeat to Liverpool.
Christian Benteke’s strike just proved decisive as Liverpool’s Simone Mignolet kept the hosts out with fine saves from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe.
The win saw the Reds leapfrog Stoke, Watford and West Ham into seventh place.
Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland (6th February, 2016 – Premier League)
Sunderland stunned Anfield with a late comeback to rescue an unlikely point against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana put the Reds into a seemingly unassailable lead over the 19th-placed side. But just as thousands of home supporters were leaving the ground in protest of high ticket prices, Sam Allardyce’s men grabbed a lifeline through Adam Johnson’s 82nd-minute free-kick.
Their fightback was completed when Defoe turned home Johnson’s ball with just a minute of normal time to spare.