Brendan Rodgers’ exciting Liverpool just keep on impressing every week. The Reds have most certainly been the entertainers in the Premier League this season and as a result of their attacking prowess, stand a great chance of winning the league.
Currently on a six match winning streak, Liverpool seem unstoppable at the moment and with relegation threatened Sunderland paying a visit on Wednesday night, the Reds will surely be looking to extend their fantastic run of form and continue their title onslaught.
Probable Liverpool lineup vs Sunderland –
Simon Mignolet would have been disappointed to let-in three goals against Cardiff City during the weekend but the Belgian international could not be pointed a finger at for any of the goals conceded. Now up against one of the division’s lowest scorers in Sunderland, Mignolet would certainly be hoping for a clean sheet.
Despite all the praise coming Liverpool’s way for their performances, the Reds’ defensive line has been less than convincing as evidenced by the ease at which Cardiff managed to score on Saturday.
Therefore, Rodgers may certainly be thinking about shaking things up at the back which means that Mamadou Sakho and Aly Cissokho might be in contention.
Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel were fantastic against Cardiff and should retain their place in the line-up but Daniel Agger may well make way for Sakho while Cissokho could well take the place of young Jon Flanagan at left-back.
Rodgers has expertly rotated his midfield around in the last couple of games and his implementation of a diamond shaped formation has paid dividends in terms of lots of goals.
Given Liverpool’s fine performances, Rodgers could be tempted not to make too many changes but that being said, the Northern Irishman will also have to consider the fact that with the games coming-in thick and fast, fatigue could be a problem and changing the team around will keep his side fresh ahead of the crucial run-in.
Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson have been almost an ever-present in the Liverpool midfield this season and should continue starting lineup. However, Gerrard should be wary of the fact that if he picks up another yellow in the visit of Sunderland, he will be suspended for two matches, which could prove detrimental in Liverpool’s title aspirations.
Joe Allen has been in impressive form lately and will probably start on Wednesday night as well and it will be interesting to see whom Rodgers elects to go with in the playmaker position between Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling. The likes of Lucas, Iago Aspas and Victor Moses will also available for selection.
The magnificent duo of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are arguably Europe’s most fearsome strikeforce at the moment and seem to be able to tear any team apart at will. Having put in a scintillating display against Cardiff, the two will now set their sights on terrorizing the leaky Sunderland defence.
Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Sakho, Johnson; Sturridge, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Coutinho; Suarez