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.
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.
On the substitutes’ bench, backup goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is joined by Kolo Toure, Connor Randall, Brad Smith, Lucas Leiva, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Jordon Ibe.
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