Brendan Rodgers makes two changes to the side that scraped past Wimbledon in the FA Cup on Monday.
Up front, Fabio Borini comes into the side in place of Rickie Lambert – with Raheem Sterling on an extended rest period in Jamaica.
Italian Borini, who spent last season on loan to the Black Cats, hasn’t started a game for Liverpool since Real Madrid away in early November. His only Premier League start this season was in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham in September.
Windy conditions on Tyne and Wear could play a part today.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Can, Skrtel, Sakho; Markovic, Lucas, Henderson, Moreno; Coutinho, Gerrard; Borini.
Subs: Ward, Enrique, Lovren, Manquillo, Rossiter, Lambert, Balotelli.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, van Aanholt, O’Shea, Brown, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Giaccherini, Wickham.
Subs: Jones, Graham, Alvarez, Buckley, Mandron, Agnew, Mannone.
[statsfc-score-predictor key=2dCG2IPndnJBm4GL141AFJQnx7Wsl6gT3JGGW02u team=Liverpool default_css=true]