Liverpool take on Martin O’Neils Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light and the Black Cats price of 10/3 with Paddy Power to take all three points at home is sure to attract plenty of interest from punters, considering the job the manager has done in recent months.
The Reds will be looking for a reaction following their disappointing defeat to Arsenal last weekend, and know that only a win will do if they are to have any hope of qualifying for the Champions’ League.
Sunderland, meanwhile, have enjoyed an impressive start to 2012 under the guidance of new manager Martin O’Neill who replaced the sacked Steve Bruce.
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Since dropping out of the Premier League’s top four two seasons ago, Liverpool have been going through something of a transitional phase and have struggled to get back to the levels they were at before.
When Sunderland take on Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, it will be the first time Jordan Henderson returns to his old club since his big money move to Merseyside last summer.
Now an England international, Henderson has still to impress many Liverpool fans in his first season at the club, and will be hoping to put on a good show against his former employers.
But Kenny Dalglish looks to be turning things around. A number of big money signings have seen Liverpool win their first piece of silverware in six seasons, as they beat Cardiff City in the final of the Carling Cup a fortnight ago.
Quite how far Sunderland can go, though, remains to be seen. Their form under the stewardship of O’Neill has seen them rise from relegation candidates to Europa League qualification contenders in a very short space of time.
When these two met at Anfield earlier in the season, it ended as a 1-1 draw, with the Black Cats no doubt happy to take a point back to the North East.
However, when these two met at the Stadium of Light last season, it was Liverpool who took the points with a 2-0 win.
It all sets up a fascinating encounter with plenty to play for, which both sides will believe they can win.