Ethan Robson of Sunderland

Sunderland Under-23s host Liverpool in the Premier League 2 on Sunday as the Black Cats look to move out of the bottom two against the table-topping Reds.

Elliott Dickman’s side secured a 3-0 win at Hull City in the Premier League Cup last time out, although their last win in the league came in October – a 1-0 win at Everton.

Sunderland could move up to ninth with a win against Liverpool, but that is easier said than done against a side who have lost just once away from home since December 3, 2016.

The Black Cats have not won at home in the league since a 2-1 victory over Tottenham back in August thanks to goals from Ethan Robson and Denver Hume.

A change of venue to the Stadium of Light could give the side a boost with Sunderland running out 2-0 winners over Hertha Berlin II last time they played at the 49,000 capacity stadium.

Dickman told safc.com: “It will be a difficult game but our players are in a good place and we’ve trained well, so hopefully we can build on the back of our last performance which was a very good one.”

“If we show the same togetherness, with a little more quality in the final third, it’ll be a very good game.

“It’s always good to play at the stadium and give the players that experience, and even though it won’t be full it’s the first-team pitch and it adds a different pressure.”

Donald Love, Joel Asoro, Tom Beadling and Elliot Embleton were all on the bench for Sunderland’s 0-0 draw at Wolves in the Championship and will not be involved with the under-23s as a result.

The Reds will be looking to bounce back from two defeats on the spin against Stoke City and Sparta Prague this weekend, results which ended a four-game winning streak for Mike Garrity’s side.

Liverpool could extend their lead at the top of the table to nine points with a win on Sunday, providing Leicester lose to Everton.

Winger Harry Wilson is the Reds’ top-scorer this season with nine league goals to his name, form that has reportedly put him in line for loan move in the January transfer window.