Ex-Reds centre-back Mark Lawrenson previews the upcoming Premier League fixture between Crystal Palace and Liverpool…
Throughout the 2016/17 campaign former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is again sharing his thoughts and predictions on Premier League fixtures with the BBC.
As in previous years, we will be filtering Lawro’s ramblings each week to bring you his views on games involving Liverpool.
Saturday sees the 3rd placed Reds travel to mid-table Crystal Palace for a challenging-looking contest.
Here’s what Lawro has to say about the game in full…
“Liverpool had a patchy recent record at Selhurst Park until last season when they won thanks to a very late Christian Benteke penalty.
“The Reds obviously won’t be hoping for the same on Saturday, when they face their former striker.
“I think the key to the game will be whether Crystal Palace can stop Liverpool, however.
“If you give Jürgen Klopp‘s side time and space to play at the moment, then they create enough chances to win two games.
“Liverpool went top of the league table based on my predictions last week, but things are almost as close at the top of my league as it is in real life.
“The reason Liverpool are in the mix in the table that matters is their front five. As a team they have got their faults, the same as every side up there, but when their attackers are on form they are difficult to stop, and they play the same way home and away.
“You basically have to go and play like Manchester United did last week to stop them, and even then David de Gea had to make two top saves to earn them a point.”
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Each week Lawro invites a famous guest to give their predictions before seeing who guesses the most scores correctly.
This time it’s the turn of England rugby league captain Sam Burgess.
“Liverpool all day long,” commented the South Sydney Rabbitohs star.
His 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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