Jurgen Klopp and Cameron Brannigan
Klopp has wasted little time blooding young players in his Liverpool first team Getty Images

Liverpool host Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday (6 February) as the Reds look to get back to winning ways after a humbling midweek defeat at the hands of Leicester City. Meanwhile, Sunderland remain four points from safety and need to take advantage of Liverpool's poor form to pile on further pressure on Jurgen Klopp.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One from 10:30pm GMT.


Liverpool have a task in their hands to prove that they are in the reckoning for a place in the Champions League with a performance better than what they have been able to churn out in the recent past. With their 2-0 loss to Leicester is the third game they have gone without scoring in all competitions since the nine goal stunner against Norwich.

Jamie Vardy scored both goals for Leicester, including a stunner for the opener, to pour further misery on the Reds. With 14 games left in the season, manager Jurgen Klopp has to show that he can rally his troops and put in better performances than what his team has been throwing out in the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, Sunderland need to start on the front foot if they are to get out of the relegation zone and also pick up points against the big boys to have any chance of staying put in the league. The Black Cats lost their last game against Manchester City with Sergio Aguero scoring the only goal in the game to deny them any share of the spoils.

What managers say

Jurgen Klopp: "[On Sturridge's exit] If someone wants to ask me something about what they have heard about, then they can ask me, but not 'suggestions' — I am not interested in this. The Daniel story is not a story. How can it be a story? You cannot create stories and then ask me. If someone wants to say something, at least write your name under it and don't suggest something that is not too cool. It is absolutely not frustrating — it is not interesting. There is absolutely nothing to say about it. I have heard nothing."

Sam Allardyce: I made a bit of a comment — which I perhaps shouldn't have done — which wasn't directed at him, really. You journalists make a big fuss out of what was an honest answer on Talksport. (Host) Alan Brazil has apologised to me. When he saw the headlines, he thought they were more ridiculous than me. I have no problem. It's great to see him here, he's a great character. Obviously on Saturday, I can't wish him well, but after that, I do."

Betting odds (888Sport)

• Liverpool Win: 5/11
• Draw: 37/10
• Sunderland Win: 93/13

Team news


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