Anfield's status as a venue of high emotion will be apparent tomorrow. Supporters plan to protest during and after the game at the draining saga that is the ownership of the club while the team looks to recover from the midweek humiliation to Northampton Town. Few, if any, of those defeated on Wednesday will feature against Sunderland but, nonetheless, there will be a duty on those that do play to show character. The visitors arrive with injury concerns but their belief enhanced thanks to last Saturday's draw with Arsenal. Sachin Nakrani

Venue Anfield, today 3pm Tickets Sold out Last season Liverpool 3 Sunderland 0 Referee S Attwell

This season's matches 3 Y20, R1, 7.00 cards per game

Odds Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland 15-2 Draw 7-2

Liverpool

Subs from Jones, Ngog, Lucas, Pacheco, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Kuyt, Rodríguez, Babel, Wilson, Spearing, Kelly, Shelvey

Doubtful Kuyt (shoulder)

Injured Aurélio (achilles, Oct)

Suspended None

Form guide LDWLDD

Disciplinary record Y3 R1

Leading scorer Gerrard 2

SunderlandSubs from Carson, Da Silva, Angeleri, Riveros, Zenden, Reid, Colback, Gyan, Healy

Doubtful Turner (ankle), Gyan (hamstring) Injured Gordon (arm, Oct), Mensah (calf, Oct), Richardson (hamstring, Oct), Ferdinand (hamstring, Oct), Meyer (knee, March), Campbell (knee, March)

Suspended None

Form guide DDWLDL

Disciplinary record Y10 R2

Leading scorer Bent 3

Match pointers? Liverpool have won just one of their last seven league matches

? Sunderland have only won two of their last 31 league away games

? All four of Liverpool's Premier League goals this season have been scored in the second half

? Sunderland have scored one goal in their last eight league games against Liverpool and that was deflected by a beach ball

? Sunderland have hit the target with just 26% of their shots, the worst percentage in the top flight