Team News: Allen Starts, As Sturridge Returns To Bench

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Daniel Sturridge has been named to the bench to play Sunderland, with Joe Allen starting.

Sturridge last played for Liverpool December 6, when he picked up an injury and subsequent little ones.

And Joe Allen who got two goals and an assist, is back to the starting lineup, benching Lucas.

There will a difference in the dugout for Liverpool too, with manager Jurgen Klopp not present at Anfield due to a suspected bout of appendicitis. His coaching staff of Zeljko Buvac, Peter Krawietz, Pepijn Lijnders and John Achterberg will take charge on Saturday afternoon.

Mamadou Sakho, meanwhile, will play his 50th league game for the Reds.

Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Can, Henderson, Allen, Lalllana, Firmino

Liverpool subs: Ward, Toure, Flanagan, Lucas, Ibe, Benteke, Sturridge



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