The Reds are currently four points back on the English Premier League table but have a game in hand, and Wednesday night's bout against relegation-threatened Sunderland provides the perfect opportunity for an in-form Liverpool squad to close the gap to a single point.
With Manchester City also still in the mix for the EPL title, competition is fierce at the top of the league, and the Reds cannot afford to drop any points this late in the season.
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Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 8 p.m. GMT, 4 p.m. EST
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD, with live stream available via the Sky Go app (subscription required).
As shared by Kop 305, Fabio Borini will be ineligible for Sunderland as his team prepares to take on his parent club. Sunderland will also be without Keiren Westwood (injury) and Marcos Alonso (suspension), while Liverpool have no major injury concerns.
Sunderland have recalled Conor Wickham from his loan to start tomorrow night since Borini is ineligible & Fletcher is injured.— Kop 305 (@Kop305) March 25, 2014
Sunderland are winless in their last four matches, and with the hosts yet to lose an EPL game in 2014, the Black Cats will not be favoured to change their fortunes on Wednesday.
The visitors are facing relegation, down three points to 17th-placed Crystal Palace, and manager Gus Poyet will need to have all of his players on the same page to have any chance at beating Liverpool.
LFC History thinks the Sunderland boss might have made a mistake:
Brilliant move by Gus Poyet to claim "Without Suarez, they would probably be in mid-table." He will have 10 players ready to prove him wrong— LFChistory.net (@LFChistory) March 26, 2014
As shared by the EPL's official Twitter account, the Reds have been on quite a run at home of late:
Liverpool's goalscoring record is quite simply phenomenal going into this game—the Reds have scored at least three goals in nine of their last 11 home games.
B/R's Karl Matchett compares both teams' top scorers:
Liverpool’s top three scorers have 57 goals in the league this season. Sunderland’s top three have 13.— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) March 25, 2014
The Black Cats have only scored five goals in their last 12 trips to Anfield, further illustrating the difference in firepower between both teams.
Sunderland are in desperate need of some points, but with Liverpool in the thick of the title chase, the chances of pulling an upset are minimal.
Containing Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has been nearly impossible for even the best teams this season, and the duo has to like its chances against bottom-feeders Sunderland.
Prediction: Liverpool cruise to a 4-1 victory.