Christian Benteke returns to the starting lineup as Liverpool look to build on Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City with a trip to Sunderland.
Benteke has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks, but after a goal against Leicester, public backing from his manager and injury to Divock Origi, he returns to start at the Stadium of Light.
Jurgen Klopp has named the Belgian as the only change to his lineup for the 7.45pm kickoff, despite an away clash with West Ham United to follow on January 2.
Lovren and Sakho look set to build a strong partnership at centre-back, and can hope it keep a clean sheet against the Black Cats.
Sunderland: Mannone; Jones, Coates, Brown, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, M’Vila, Rodwell; Johnson, Borini, Defoe
Substitutes: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Beadling, Watmore, Lens, Toivonen, Graham
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Henderson, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Benteke
Substitutes: Bogdan, Toure, Randall, Smith, Lucas, Teixeira, Ibe
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