Sunderland manager David Moyes has had some rotten luck to contend with before his side’s trip to Anfield after discovering Paddy McNair is set to miss the season due to a ruptured cruciate ligament, reports the Echo.
The former Manchester United youngster, who starts for the Black Cats, picked up the problem during the 3-0 win against Hull City, which actually sees Sunderland as one of the in-form sides in the country right now, having racked up back-to-back wins. Before the past two matches they’ve been woeful but Liverpool face them on the cusp of a wave.
Thankfully for us they’ll also be without defender Papy Djilobodji who is suspended following his red card at the weekend. John O’Shea will likely come in at centre-back and hopefully Roberto Firmino will be able to toy with the ageing Irishman. Lee Cattermole is out too for the visitors, but Jurgen Klopp has an injury of his own to deal with.
Adam Lallana’s groin will likely keep him out of the Sunderland clash and the EFL Cup game with Leeds as well, so his team-mates will have to survive a little longer without the excellent midfielder who picked up his injury while on international duty.
Other than that though, it’s full-strength for Klopp – who could pick the same side in consecutive matches for the first time in 40 games.