Sunderland v Liverpool: Match Preview

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Sunderland v Liverpool
Premier League
Stadium of Light
Saturday, March 10; 15:00

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Captain Lee Cattermole and striker Stephane Sessegnon begin their four and three match suspension after their sending offs against Newcastle United.

John O'Shea (hand) and Kieran Richardson (calf) could also both miss out.

Both Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson have returned to Liverpool training, but Daniel Agger's rib injury keeps him out.

Dalglish urges Reds to win ugly

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says his side must lean how to win ugly if they're to claim a Champions League spot this season.

After dominating for long periods last Staurday against Arsenal, The Reds secured to a sucker punch in stoppage time, as Robin van Persie grabbed all three points.

And the Scottish boss says his side must grind out wins if they're rise up the Premier League.

"Winning ugly is probably when you are not at your best or when you are down to nine or 10 men and you are back defending and you have to boot it clear to give yourself a bit of respite," he said.

"But I would much rather we play the way we play, and if we have to dig deep I am sure we can. The media seem to be obsessed.

"We've been through everything we can say. We'll continue to do what we do best – that is to play the way we train, and if we play the way we train we will eventually get our reward.

"For us we had the disappointment immediately after the defeat [against Arsenal] but when you sit down and analyse it, they can't do much more than what they did.

"There is nothing we said after the game that we feel we need to redress. If they keep playing like that, keep bringing performances like that against a quality side, then we are going to win more than we lose."

With Liverpool's goalscoring trouble well known, Sunderland manager Martin O'Neil is planning to go out and attack this weekend.

“Liverpool have dropped a few points this season but I still believe they are in contention for a Champions League place, although the defeat against Arsenal will have hurt them greatly," he said.

“So they will be coming here feeling they can win the match and they will be buoyed by the fact we have two influential players missing, in Sessegnon and Cattermole.

“That makes it more difficult for us, but we have been playing well at home and we have to believe we can keep it going this weekend and take points off Liverpool.”

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