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Don't be surprised to see a few players making their debuts in this game, as the summer has seen Liverpool make five new signings, while Sunderland have made no fewer than ten.
Because of their signings, both teams are optimistic about an improvement from last season.
Liverpool of course struggled for the first half of the campaign, but a strong finish to last season under 'King' Kenny Dalglish was promising and after signings such as Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique, as well as a first full season for Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, Red's fans will be hoping for a Champions League place this season.
One player to keep a close eye on is Sunderland-born youngster Jordan Henderson (pictured right during the fixture last season, playing for Sunderland), who switched from his hometown club to Liverpool for £16 million, could make his debut against the team he left in the summer.
While for Sunderland, whose campaign ended in disappointment last season after a poor run of form following Darren Bent's departure, will hope for better after the signing of players such as Craig Gardner, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Connor Wickham and Sebastian Larsson, and will be aiming for a Europa League place this season.