David Moyes is set to lead the Sunderland team to Anfield on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
The trip has been made more difficult for the visitors with the news that Paddy McNair would not be available. McNair stands a chance of missing the rest of the Premier League games this season, reports say. The Northern Ireland international picked up the cruciate ligament injury during the 3-0 triumph over Hull City last week. The 21-year old used to be a Manchester United player before his switch.
Aside McNair, Sunderland would miss defender Papy Djilobodji as he would sit the game out after his dismissal in the same game over the weekend. The absence of the Senegal international means John O’Shea would likely get the nod for the important clash against the Reds.
Liverpool would be hoping to get a convincing win after dropping points last week away at Southampton, ending their short stay at the top of the Premier League standings. Chelsea currently top the log with 28 points, leaving Liverpool trailing by one point. Coach Jurgen Klopp would go early for the kill in the face-off with Moyes with the hope that Chelsea and Man City drop points. City are in the third spot with the same 27 points as Liverpool, and even the same goals’ difference. Klopp might rotate the players as they are set to play Leeds United in the EFL Cup three days later.
Moyes has a tough job ahead of him as Sunderland remain in relegation zone. Lee Cattermole is sidelined for four months following his hip surgery. The 28-year old player was operated on in the United States for a torn cartilage. McNair is expected to undergo a surgery operation as well, leaving Sunderland in bad shape for the rest of the season.