John O'Shea

Preview: Sunderland v Liverpool

by Ashley Houghton

A look ahead to Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash.

Sunderland will welcome two old boys back to the Stadium of Light this Sunday when Liverpool arrive on Wearside.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is likely to start for the Reds and will face his former club for the first time since a summer move to Anfield.

And the Belgian international could be joined by Sunderland Academy product Jordan Henderson, who is in his third season on Merseyside.

The game will see Kevin Ball face his first league test as Sunderland’s interim head coach after the club parted company with Paolo Di Canio last Sunday.

Ball declared himself pleased with the team’s efforts in midweek as goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Valentin Roberge secured a 2-0 victory over Peterborough.

Liverpool travel to the north east on the back of two straight defeats; the Reds were defeated by Southampton before they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Manchester United on Wednesday.

Brendan Rodgers will be without Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho through injury whilst the Black Cats are without Steven Fletcher after the Scotland international sustained an injury at West Brom.

The Reds have only won once on their last four visits to Wearside and they came away with a point on their last trip to the SoL as Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, who could return for his first Barclays Premier League game since he was suspended at the end of last season, scored a second-half equaliser.

Sunday’s meeting will be the 161st between the two sides with the Merseyside outfit coming out on top on 73 occasions compared to Sunderland’s 52 successes, whilst there have been 35 draws.

Tickets for Sunday's game remain on sale, while cash turnstiles will also be available.