Date: 31st October 2014 at 8:35pm
Written by:

Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s fixture between Liverpool and Newcastle United…

Ex-Reds centre-back Mark Lawrenson is again sharing his thoughts on Premier League fixtures with the BBC throughout this season.

As in previous years, we will be filtering Lawro’s ramblings each week to bring you his thoughts and predictions on games involving Liverpool.

This weekend sees The Merseysiders travel to a Newcastle United side enjoying an upturn in fortunes with three consecutive victories.

Here’s what Lawro has to say about the game in full…

“Newcastle are a team in form and, all of a sudden, Magpies boss Alan Pardew apparently knows what he is doing again.

“It seems to happen every few months – a manager who is supposedly about to get sacked wins three games in a row like Pardew has done and he is a genius.

“Could it actually be the case that Pardew was not so bad in the first place?

“Liverpool have had their own problems, which are not over despite the Reds getting out of jail with that late turnaround to beat Swansea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

“Mario Balotelli scored the equaliser to start the fightback but I cannot believe the amount of column inches he has been given for doing so.

“Balotelli came on and he did all right, but forget all this ‘zero to hero’ stuff. He is still struggling for form, and he still has a lot to prove.

“Whether he scores on Saturday or has a stinker, then it will be all about him again. Everybody seems fascinated by what Balotelli does but that is not helping Liverpool.

“Surely the focus should be on getting the whole team to play better?”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Lawro’s opponent
Each week Lawro invites a guest to give their predictions before seeing who guesses the most scores correctly. This week he’s up against Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley.

Rachel’s prediction: 1-3

About this former LFC player
Mark Lawrenson joined Liverpool from Brighton & Hove Albion for a then club record £900k in the summer of 1981. The Republic of Ireland international centre-back soon struck up a formidable partnership with Alan Hansen after injury to club stalwart Phil Thompson. After 332 appearances, Lawrenson left the club in 1989 and after a season playing in the American Soccer League went on to manage Oxford United and Peterborough United. During his time at Anfield ‘Lawro’ won 5 league titles, 3 League Cups, a European Cup and an FA Cup.

So that’s what he thinks, how about you? Let us know your thoughts on the game below or vote in our poll to the right…

Click here to read Vital Liverpool’s preview of this game

Click here to read our interview with Newcastle fans

Follow me on Twitter @superbag

At Vital Liverpool we’re always looking for contributors so if you’re an LFC fan who wants to share his or her opinion with the masses, simply email articles/blogs to