JOZY ALTIDORE made his first Premier League start of the season in Sunderland’s clash at Liverpool today.
Altidore was one of five changes to the Sunderland starting line-up as Gus Poyet introduced fresh legs for the third game inside eight days.
Liam Bridcutt, Jordi Gomez, Wes Brown and fit-again Adam Johnson were also recalled, with Lee Cattermole, Jack Rodwell, Sebastian Coates, Will Buckley and Steven Fletcher the players to make way.
Steven Gerrard was left on the bench by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who didn’t even include ex-Sunderland loanee Fabio Borini among the substitutes.
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Johnson, Moreno, Toure, Skrtel, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Jones, Enrique, Lovren, Gerrard, Can, Allen, Markovic.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Altidore. Subs: Cattermole, Rodwell, Fletcher, Alvarez, Buckley, T Robson, Mannone.