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Liverpool will look to move back into the Top 4 when they face Sunderland this afternoon.
With Manchester City and Manchester United both suffering shock defeats, and Chelsea drawing with Spurs the Reds move into the top two if they win at the Stadium of Light.
Brendan Rodgers side will be hoping to bounce back from their recent blip that has seen the Reds draw with Swansea, lose at home to Southampton and bow out of the Capital one Cup against Manchester United.
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Liverpool face a Sunderland side that has yet to win a game this season in the league and are currently rooted to the bottom of the table and without a manager.
That manager situation looks set to be resolved next week with Gus Poyet poised to take over however on Sunday it will be up to Kevin Ball to inspire a first three points of the campaign.
Ball’s major task will be to stop Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez with the pair set to start up front for only the 9th time.
Sturridge has been in fantastic form during Suarez’s enforced absence, scoring 11 goals however he looked subdued midweek raising doubts once again to whether the pair can play together, a claim Rodgers has dismissed.
“I think you will see with how they will perform together that they can be a real threat.
“It is not something that Daniel or anyone else will be worried about, their focus is on the team.
“It is my job to manage the dynamics and the structure of the team.
“We looked at a different system (3-5-2) the other night which would suit the players who were available and after a few days’ preparation and then a performance like that at Old Trafford it clearly showed we can work in that way if we want to.
“For Daniel and Luis it worked really well. I have no worries about that.
“We have been able to work on real-game situations in training (during Suarez’s suspension).
“There has been a lot of relationships which have been formed in training and the fluency of the team the other night was excellent.
“That will get better over time and of course once they play in the games.”
The Reds will once again be without the creative force of Philippe Coutinho as he recovers from a shoulder operation. Glen Johnson and Joe Allen are also out while defender Daniel Agger is expected to return after being left out of the midweek Capital One Cup defeat against Manchester United because of a side strain.
Brendan Rodgers has some big decisions to make as he looks to avoid a third successive defeat with his main decision coming in the backline. With Kolo Toure, Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel all pushing for the two spots. Toure is likely to continue to at right back in the absence of Johnson while Sakho may come into the middle with Jose Enrique reverting to left back.
Sunderland meanwhile will be without striker Steven Fletcher after he damaged his shoulder in the 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion last week. The Scottish striker is set for a six week spell on the sidelines.
John O’Shea should be fit to play despite limping off against Peterborough midweek while Lee Cattermole could start after his impressive midweek return.
Right back Phil Bardsley once again misses out with a foot injury.