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  • 13 August 2011
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  • • Anfield, Liverpool
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Liverpool - Sunderland Preview: Jordan Henderson expected to face his old club

Kenny Dalglish's men take on the Black Cats as 21-year-old midfielder prepares to make his debut, while skipper Steven Gerrard is sidelined due to a groin injury


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Aurelio
Adam, Lucas, Henderson, Downing
Kuyt, Carroll
SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Elmohamady, Ferdinand, Brown, Bardsley
Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner
Sessegnon
Gyan

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard (groin) has been ruled out of action until September, while Glen Johnson sustained a thigh injury during the friendly against Valencia.

Martin Skrtel missed most of the pre-season due to a calf injury and would appear unlikely to be fully fit for the season opener, while Luis Suarez is expected to be rested having only recently returned to training following the Copa America.

Steve Bruce also has some worries ahead of the first game of the season as new signing John O'Shea is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Furthermore, Fraizer Campbell, Craig Gordon and David Meyler are all out of action due to knee injuries.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Liverpool have been very successful against Sunderland in the past few years, with the last 10 Premier League meetings resulting in eight victories, one draw and just one defeat. And even that loss was due to the infamous beach ball incident in 2009.
  • Furthermore, the Black Cats have been goal shy against the Merseysiders in their last 10 league clashes, finding the back of the net on only three occasions. However, two of those three goals came last season in a 2-2 draw at Anfield.
  • The Reds have been leaking goals in defence through pre-season, conceding 12 times in their last five friendlies.
  • Sunderland have also had many a hiccup during the pre-season, winning only one of their last eight friendlies.
  • The visitors won their last two league games away from home but their form, at the time, was in a miserable state as the last 14 games of the previous season saw them lose on 10 occasions.
  • Former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson (pictured right) is expected to make his league debut for Kenny Dalglish's side against his former club on Saturday, after having spent his youth career and three years as a professional under the Black Cats' banner.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
5Daniel AggerDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
34Martin KellyDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
54David NgogStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
5Wes BrownDefender
2Phil BardsleyDefender
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
3Asamoah GyanStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
19Titus BrambleDefender
40Louis LaingDefender
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
10Connor WickhamStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker
Players to Watch
Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The midfielder is expected to make his league debut for the Reds against his former club, and he should be keen to show the fans how much he has improved since joining the Merseysiders.
Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Ghanaian will want to start the season with a bang by getting a goal or two, which would give him a confidence boost and be a warning to other clubs.
Prediction
Liverpool and Sunderland have both active in the transfer marker to better their squads during the off-season, but their rejuvenation at the end of last season coupled with some significant new arrivals should spell a victory for the hosts.
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