Sunderland V Liverpool Football Betting Tips
Jurgen Klopp is demanding that his side take a mental leap and stop being bullied by “lesser sides” that utilise brute force.
It's difficult to envisage a front line of Lallana, Coutinho and Firminho “putting themselves about” but fighting for the ball – that's something all Reds fans will identify with.
Because sometimes, particularly in games like the reverse at Watford the resistance can seem to be pitifully weak.
Sunderland are going to come into this game with blood and thunder ringing in their ears. Sam Allardyce is no stranger to taking teams with limited ability and dragging them up by the scruff of their necks. This will be an occasion when his men will be ready for battle and Liverpool better be prepared for that or they will endure another Watford type defeat.
Sunderland desperately need to take something from this game to keep up with the other relegation struggler's but they won't be helped by a calf problem that has afflicted John O'Shea and if Wes Brown has to step in with only one game this season under his belt it could make a big difference.
Klopp has his hands full trying to juggle his team selection around a myriad of injuries and ridiculous TV scheduling. His disdain for the rapid fire fixture list unhidden in his pre match press conference. After making the trip to Sunderland Liverpool then have to visit West Ham just three days later in the early kick off.
One positive that has emerged is the Lovren – Sakho partnership in central defence which looks as good as anything we've seen for a long time. Lovren has noticeably increased confidence under the managers influence and dare I say it looks better in this position than the injured Skrtel.
I'm expecting Lucas to return to midfield alongside Can and Henderson who visits his old club and Coutinho, Benteke and Firminho to lead the line although I'm sure Ibe would be preferred to the out of form Firminho if he had a few more days training after his illness.
And So To The Betting.
Liverpool fans should be betting on the draw. They should have too much for struggling Sunderland but Klopp has still to find any semblance of consistency and this isn't a game for Firminho to hide away and shirk.