Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture between Norwich City and Liverpool…
Ex-Reds centre-back Mark Lawrenson is again sharing his thoughts on Premier League and FA Cup fixtures with the BBC throughout this season.
As in previous years, we will be filtering Lawro’s ramblings each week to bring you his views and predictions on games involving Liverpool.
This weekend sees the inconsistent Merseysiders (9th) visit the usually bountiful Carrow Road where they’ve scored 15 goals in five consecutive victories over Norwich.
The hosts (16th) have lost three on the bounce in all competitions and now sit just two points above the relegation zone, although they have strengthened considerably of late with around £20m spent on new players during the current transfer window.
Here’s what Lawro has to say about the game in full…
“Liverpool have not won in the Premier League in 2016 and I don’t think they can use injuries as an excuse because seven or eight of the team that started against Manchester United last weekend would be in their strongest XI.
“The Reds seem to play better away from home under Jurgen Klopp but too many of their players disappear when they are under the cosh.
“Norwich got turned over too easily as their away struggles continued at Bournemouth, but it is their home form that holds the key to them staying up, and they have to get something from this game.
“I have always liked Steven Naismith, who the Canaries signed from Everton this week. He is feisty, can play in a few different positions and can get you a goal, so is exactly what you need when you are fighting the drop.”
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Each week Lawro invites a guest to give their predictions before seeing who guesses the most scores correctly. This week he’s up against American actors Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.
Ice & Kevin’s prediction: 0-2
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.
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