Can Carroll Get Off The Mark Against Old Rivals?
Injuries for the black cats mean they are without Meyler and Turner who both have knee injuries and also unavailable is Campbell. Their main men though; the likes of Gyan, Malbranque and Cattermole are all fully fit so expect several attacks making their way from the wings.
For Liverpool we are still without Steven Gerrard and will be for a while. Also doubtful are Shevley and Agger along with Aurelio and Kelly. Aurelio and Agger have been spotted in training so depending on fitness levels assessed at Melwood we may see them on the bench.
Whenever we play Sunderland now, everybody always makes the gag about the now infamous beach ball, but to be honest, the jokes on Sunderland, that goal provided only Sunderland's second victory over Liverpool in the Premier League.
It's quite a special game for manager Kenny Dalglish tomorrow as a win would be his 250th in his managerial career. Whether the lads can help supply him with it is a different matter!
After the performance against Braga we know full well that won't be good enough against Sunderland, however having Suarez back is a massive boost in itself and I'm certain Andy Carroll will look forward to smashing one in against his old rivals.