Fabio Borini is handed a rare Liverpool start as he returns to the club he spent last season on loan with. Rickie Lambert drops to the bench. Alberto Moreno comes in to replace Javi Manquillo.
Mario Balotelli continues with his place on the bench.
As well as Borini, both Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet also return to their former club.
Team: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Moreno, Lucas, Gerrard, Markovic, Coutinho, Borini.
Subs: Ward, Enrique, Lovren, Lambert, Manquillo, Balotelli, Rossiter.
Gus Poyet's Sunderland side for today:
Pantilimon, Vergini, van Aanholt, O’Shea (c), Brown, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Giaccherini, Wickham Subs: Jones, Graham, Alvarez, Buckley, Mandron, Agnew, Mannone.