Liverpool: Reds looking to capitalise

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Liverpool will be looking to capitalise on Saturday’s results by beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the late kick off on Sunday.

Manchester City’s defeat and the draw between Tottenham and Chelsea mean that the Reds could jump as high as second if they defeat the Black Cats by at least a two goal margin. A one-goal victory would put them in third.

Sunderland, meanwhile, enter the game a week after sacking manager Paolo Di Canio, with Kevin Ball taking interim control of the squad. They are currently rock bottom of the Premier League having picked up just one point all season and are the only top flight side yet to win in 2013-14.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to play his first Premier League game of the season having coming back from his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in the mid-week Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United.

History is not on Sunderland’s side, with Liverpool having lost just three times in 12 visits to the North-East club. Furthermore, Sunderland have only beaten the Reds three times in 24 Premier League encounters.

Jose Enrique has an ankle problem and will face a late fitness test, while Daniel Agger is a doubt with a rib injury. Glen Johnson, Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen will all miss out through injury.

Meanwhile, Sunderland have been rocked by the news that star striker Steven Fletcher will be out for six weeks with a shoulder injury. Apart from this, Ball has a full squad from which to choose.

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