Sunderland pair Victor Anichebe and Lamine Kone are major doubts after suffering hamstring and hip injuries respectively against Burnley.
Jason Denayer is also doubtful with a hamstring injury, while Billy Jones is serving a one-match suspension.
Liverpool could be without captain Jordan Henderson against his former club after he suffered a heel problem during the win over Manchester City.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp has no other fresh injury concerns.
Steve Bower: “Liverpool ended 2016 still in touch with Chelsea and it’s imperative they begin the new year in similar fashion.
“The victory over Manchester City was another psychological boost, now they face a physical test with another game in less than 48 hours. Belief is building all the time, as is momentum, and they will be confident of a third win in a row on the road.
“David Moyes will be desperate for some sort of Sunderland reaction, having labelled their defending in the defeat at Burnley as ‘shambolic’.
“The very least the Wearside public expect is evidence of effort and fight – they will need both in abundance against Jurgen Klopp’s side.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes: “We’re going to have to defend much better.
“It’ll be a different type of game but we’ve got to quickly get ourselves ready and prepare for that.
“Football sometimes throws up strange results at times and we’ve got to hope there’s a strange result thrown up this week.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his side having to play twice in less than 48 hours: “I’ve said enough about the fixtures and long ago we accepted it.
“No excuses for no-one – that’s how everyone wants it. We have to deliver – and we will deliver.
“It was very important we won against City. It would be really hard to go to Sunderland if you got nothing so we will go there and play our best.”
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