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Brendan Rodgers takes his Liverpool side to managerless Sunderland looking to grab their first win in four games with Victor Moses looking to make his 100th Premier League apperarance.

SUNDERLAND

Key statistics

• Lost their last 3 PL games, conceding exactly 3 goals in each. Not lost 4 successive PL games since April 2011.

• 1 point from their opening 5 games is their worst start in 8 years. Only side without a PL win this season.

• Worst defence in PL, conceding 11 goals. Conceded 6 of those 11 goals in final 15 minutes of games.

• Not won any of their last 9 PL games, picking up just 3 points.

• Won just 2 of last 20 PL games (lost 12), taking 12 points from a possible 60.

• Finished 17th last season - their lowest PL finish since promotion from the Championship in 2007.

• Lost both PL games at the Stadium of Light this season. Have never lost their opening 3 home League games.

• Won only 1 of their last 10 PL games at home. Won just 4 of last 19.

• Their 19 home PL games last season produced just 39 goals.

• Scored just 20 goals in 19 home PL games last season - only QPR (13) scored fewer. Going further back, they have scored just 23 goals in last 25 home PL games.

• Conceded 19 goals at home last season - the same as Man Utd and less than Arsenal.

• Steven Fletcher missed the League Cup win against Peterborough with a shoulder injury. Scored just 4 goals in his last 16 apps for the club. His last 5 goals for the club have come away. Not scored in last 8 apps at home.

• Jozy Altidore has scored just 1 goal in 32 career PL apps. Cost £6m from AZ Alkmaar. The 23-year-old USA international striker spent 2009-10 on-loan at Hull, scoring just 2 goals in 30 apps (1 in 28 PL). Scored 23 goals in 33 League apps for AZ last season (incl. 3 hat-tricks) - only 18 goals fewer than the whole Sunderland team scored in PL.

• Fanio Borini is ineligible to face his parent club.

LIVERPOOL

Key statistics

• Not won any of their last 3 games in all comps, losing the last 2 (both 1-0). This after they had won first 4 games in all comps.

• Suffered their first defeat in 13 PL games against Southampton last week. Had won 5 of previous 6.

• Did not lose successive PL games during the whole of last season.

• Last time they failed to score in 3 successive games in all comps was Sept-Oct 2009.

• Won first 3 PL games for the first time since 1994-95.

• All their 3 PL wins this season have been 1-0, thanks to winning goals from Daniel Sturridge in the first half.

• Only PL side that has yet to score a second half goal this season.

• Already won as many PL games this season as they did from opening 14 games last season. Failed to win any of opening 5 PL games last season - their worst start in 101 years.

• Conceded just 4 goals in last 9 PL games.

• 7th last season - their 4th successive season outside the top 5. Not finished in the CL places since a 2nd place finish in 2008-09.

• Finished 23, 22, 37 & 28 points respectively behind the champions in the last 4 seasons.

• Scored 71 PL goals last season - 24 more than they scored the previous season.

• Kept 16 clean sheets last season - only Man City (18) kept more.

• Scored 38 away goals last season - a club record for most away goals in a PL season. It was the most number of away goals they had scored in a season since 1989-90 (40).

• Luis Suarez returned from his 10-match ban at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Scored 5 goals in 5 games against Sunderland. Scored 23 of Liverpool's 71 PL goals last season (32%). Scored 51 goals in 97 games for Liverpool.

• Steven Gerrard has not scored in his last 12 apps for Liverpool. Scored 30 of his 98 PL goals from outside the box. Only 2 other players have scored 100 PL goals for the club - Robbie Fowler & Michael Owen.

• Daniel Sturridge became the first Liverpool player to score in first 4 games of a PL season. Scored 6 goals in 7 apps for Liverpool this season, including 1-0 winners in first 3 PL games. All his PL goals this season have been scored in the first half - last 2 have come in the 4th minute. Scored in his last 4 away PL apps. Scored 12 goals in his last 12 apps for the club. Scored 17 goals in 23 games for Liverpool - 14 in 19 PL. He scored 13 goals in 63 PL games for Chelsea.

• Victor Moses is set to make his 100th PL appearance.

• Liverpool's Simon Mignolet has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season (25).

• Former Sunderland glovesman Mignolet has a saves to shots ratio of 89%, the second best rate of regular 'keepers this season.

Head to Head

• Honours even in the last 4 PL meetings with 1 win each.

• Going further back, Liverpool have won 9 of the last 14 PL meetings.

• Sunderland are unbeaten in the last 2 meetings at the Stadium of Light.

• Liverpool have not conceded more than 1 goal in any of last 7 visits to Sunderland

• Sunderland have won only three of their 24 Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool but all three victories have come at the Stadium of Light.

• Sunderland have scored only 12 goals in 24 Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool.

Referee: Howard Webb

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