John Aldridge states his prediction for Liverpool v Sunderland

John Aldridge looks ahead to Liverpool's Premier League clash with Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday

John Aldridge is prediction a tight encounter when Liverpool host Sunderland in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds head into their clash with the Black Cats looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to Premier League leaders Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League since the German coach’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield back in October.

Former Liverpool man Aldridge feels that Sunderland’s main threat this weekend will be striker Jermain Defoe – and he is backing the Reds to claim victory at Anfield.

Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo: “I’m anticipating another tight match on Saturday, as Sunderland visit Anfield.

“You just don’t fancy Liverpool to go and win games comfortably, home or away, at the moment do you? And with Sam Allardyce’s side fighting for everything at the bottom of the table, it won’t be a pretty contest this weekend, you can be certain of that.

“Liverpool’s job is simple; stop Jermain Defoe.

“He’s their man threat, their only real threat if we’re honest. He’s a goalscorer – dare I say, the type Liverpool could use at the moment.

“They’ll play for set-plays, as Allardyce’s sides always do, and Liverpool need to make sure they deal with those.”

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Liverpool, who take on Manchester City in the League Cup final, are currently in eighth place in the Premier League table heading into Saturday’s game. The Reds are currently nine points adrift of the top four.

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