By Amir Mir
Michael Owen has backed title chasing Liverpool to beat relegation threatened Sunderland on Saturday afternoon at Anfield.
The Reds are one point behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table, with Antonio Conte’s men hosting unbeaten Tottenham at Stamford Bridge later on in the day.
It means Jurgen Klopp’s side can briefly go top of the table, if they can claim all three points against David Moyes’ Black Cats.
Former Manchester United striker Owen expects his former side to secure a comfortable victory at the weekend as he queried which attacker Klopp will start.
“It is 40 games since Jurgen Klopp picked an unchanged XI in the Premier League,” Owen wrote in his Bet Victor column.
“I wonder if the Reds’ boss will name Daniel Sturridge in his starting XI against Sunderland given the Reds failed to hit the target, despite dominating the game, at Southampton last weekend.
“I don’t expect the Reds to slip up back at Anfield even allowing for the Black Cats recent upturn in fortunes.”
The Merseyside club drew their last fixture 0-0 against Southampton, but they have scored eight league goals in their last two games on home soil.
In total the Reds have scored an impressive 30 goals in 12 games, three more than leaders Chelsea.
Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions, but they have won eight, drawn three and lost one encounter in the league this season.
They come up against former Everton boss Moyes, who is struggling with life in the north east as his side are in the relegation zone on eight points.
Sunderland have picked up back-to-back wins against Bournemouth and Hull in recent weeks, but they have suffered four defeats on the road this term.
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