Liverpool vs. Sunderland: Key Battles to Watch at Anfield

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Liverpool vs. Sunderland: Key Battles to Watch at Anfield
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Having won 3-0 at QPR in the final game of 2012, Liverpool will hope to kick off the new year in style by beating Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday.

The Reds need to start stringing consecutive victories together in the Premier League to inch their way back toward the top six or so and a home game against Sunderland—with just two wins away from home this season—should be the ideal place to start.

Liverpool will be without the injured trio of Jose Enrique, Martin Kelly and Fabio Borini but will hope for better news on the illness front, with manager Brendan Rodgers missing the QPR game with a virus as well as reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Sunderland have had a mini upturn in form themselves with two 1-0 victories against Southampton and Manchester City over Christmas, but were beaten 2-1 by Spurs most recently having taken the lead initially.

Here are the five key battles of the match ahead.

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