Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield at 3PM this coming Saturday on Matchday 13 of the Premier League. The Black Cats are on a streak of 2 wins after going on a winless streak of 10 games and are going to the home of the Reds who are undefeated in all competitions since the loss against Burnley on Matchday 2. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are 2nd in the table behind Chelsea but are still very much in the mix for Top 4. The same fixture last year bought about a 2-2 draw with Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana putting Liverpool in a commanding 2-0 lead before Adam Johnson and Jermaine Defoe pulled in back to 2-2 in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Jurgen Klopp was only into his 5th month of the job but this was with a Liverpool side, in the Premier League, that were very low on confidence and this was evident in the almost collapse of a commanding lead. This Liverpool side seem to be the opposite of the Reds team that faced Sunderland in February of 2016. Very high in confidence and the belief that has been instill into this Liverpool team by Jurgen Klopp is evident in the free flowing football that is being played. In terms of injuries to players, Liverpool look to be without Adam Lallana for a second week as he has not returned to training as of yet but there is no official word on that from the Liverpool camp. Danny Ings was injured over a month ago but his season is over as he looks to recover from a Knee Injury.

It looks to be the same Starting XI that started in the 0-0 draw against Southampton last weekend with Wijnaldum keeping his place with Lallana being out injured. In goal, Loris Karius has instilled faith in Klopp to keep him as the No.1 starting GK for Liverpool, with the young German improving week after week. The defense now picks itself with Clyne, Matip, Lovren and the versatile Milner as the back 4. Skipper Jordan Henderson looks to anchor the midfield with Emre Can and Wijnaldum ahead of him. The free flowing attack peaks with Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as the attacking 3. This is all assuming Lallana is still out injured. If he is fit and Klopp does indeed start him, expect him to be starting ahead of either Wijnaldum or Emre Can but it seems highly unlikely the Lallana will be part of the 18 players that make the grade for the visit of Sunderland.

2nd from top vs 2nd from bottom would have the game seen as a predictable but nothing is guarenteed in the Premier League. We, at KTTK, hope to see an easy win for the Reds but Sunderland should not be taken lightly, especially with Defoe on fire for the Black Cats…

-YM