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January 2, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 44228‎
26′ Luis Suárez
52′ Luis Suárez

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Jose Enrique and John O'Shea are expected to miss the Anfield clash after limping out of their respective weekend games, as the Reds look for a fifth win in seven league games

By Alex Young



Johnson, Agger, Sktel, Downing
Gerrard, Lucas, Allen
Suso, Suarez, Sterling

Gardner, Cuellar, Bramble, Kilgallon
McClean, Sessegnon, Colback, Johnson

Jose Enrique (hamstring) was withdrawn during Sunday's 3-0 win over QPR so is a doubt for the January 2 clash, with Stewart Downing likely to fill in at left-back. The Spaniard joins Martin Kelly (knee) on the treatment table, but Brad Jones (illness) could return.

Wes Brown (knee) is expected to miss the trip to Anfield, while John O'Shea (hamstring) failed to complete the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday and is likely to miss the game along with long-term absentee Lee Cattermole (knee).

Titus Bramble replaced the former Manchester United defender against Spurs, and could continue to deputise against Liverpool.

  • Liverpool have lost just three times in 15 Premier League encounters against Sunderland, but have won just one of the last five clashes.
  • Luis Suarez has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
  • Steven Gerrard is one of only two midfielders (alongside Arsenal's Mikel Arteta) to play every minute of every Premier League game this season.
  • Liverpool hit the woodwork on 26 occasions during 2012, more than any other team.
  • Martin O'Neill has faced Liverpool 18 times in the Premier League, winning six, drawing seven and losing five.
  • Sunderland are unbeaten in the Premier League this season in games in which Steven Fletcher (pictured right) has scored.
  • The Black Cats have won just one of their last 15 Premier League away games.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
23Jamie CarragherDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseMidfielder
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
9Steven FletcherStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
-David VaughanMidfielder
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
10Connor WickhamStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
Players to Watch
Lucas Leiva
Lucas Leiva
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
24 0 5 0
The Brazilian is slowly being reintroduced to first-team football after overcoming his latest injury setback, but the busy festive schedule has seen Brendan Rodgers turn to him more often than not. He, midfield colleagues, were not at their best in his last start against Stoke City, and will look at the home game against Sunderland as a chance to impress.
Stéphane Sessegnon
Stéphane Sessegnon
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
21 4 0 0
The Benin international is yet to reach the heights of last season's performances, and with Steven Fletcher and, most recently, Adam Johnson, supplying the majority of Sunderland's goals this season, Sessegnon is due a goalscoring display to lift his faltering team.
After two wins on the trot, Sunderland were downed by Tottenham last time out, whereas Liverpool overcame a 3-1 defeat to Stoke to convincingly beat QPR. Despite the momentum appearing to be with the Reds, the Black Cats have lost just once to Liverpool in their past five clashes and will be fancying their chances.
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Manchester City
15 0