And there’s debuts handed to four of Liverpool’s summer signings with Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing all starting in midfield for the Reds, and new left-back Jose Enrique given the nod ahead of Fabio Aurelio in defence.
There’s also the return of Luis Suarez, who didn’t feature for Liverpool during pre-season due to his commitments for Uruguay at the Copa America.
Dirk Kuyt finds himself on the bench, whilst Raul Meireles also makes the bench after suffering from a recent injury.
John Flanagan starts at right-back for Liverpool, with Glen Johnson currently out injured.
Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Henderson, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Meireles, Kuyt, Spearing, Ngog, Kelly, Robinson.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, Brown, Ferdinand, Larsson, Elmohamady, Cattermole, Colback, Sessegnon, Gyan. Subs: Gardner, Wickham, Vaughan, Dong-won, Bramble, Westwood, Laing.