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Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill will be without suspended duo Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon for the game against the Reds.

Midfielder Cattermole starts a four-match ban after being sent off at the end

of last Sunday’s 1-1 derby draw at Newcastle during which Sessegnon, who will sit out three games, was red-carded for elbowing Cheick Tiote.

Full-back Kieran Richardson is a major doubt with a calf problem and loan signing Wayne Bridge is standing by, although John O’Shea is expected to play with a protective cast over a broken bone in his hand and fellow central defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos (heel) could return to contention, but Keiren Westwood (wrist) is still out.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and defender Glen Johnson are set to return to the squad.

Gerrard sustained a minor hamstring problem on England duty, while Johnson pulled out before the friendly against Holland, and both missed last weekend’s home defeat by Arsenal.

Daniel Agger is still out with a cracked rib so Jamie Carragher will continue in central defence.

Sunderland (from): Provisional squad: Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Bridge, O’Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Kyrgiakos, Lynch, Gardner, Larsson, Elmohamady, McClean, Vaughan, Meyler, Colback, Bendtner, Wickham, Ji, Campbell.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique, Adam, Spearing, Downing, Gerrard, Bellamy, Suarez, Doni, Kelly, Coates, Shelvey, Henderson, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Carroll.

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