Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s fixture between Crystal Palace and Liverpool…
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 out-of-form Merseysiders travel down to London to face relegation candidates Crystal Palace in a key match for both clubs.
Here’s what Lawro has to say about the game in full…
“Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury is a huge blow for Liverpool and I think it might be time for Brendan Rodgers to give Rickie Lambert a proper chance up front.
“Lambert has not played much since his move from Southampton, where he showed how capable he is of scoring goals in a team that plays good football.
“Crystal Palace are on a bad run, with just one point from their last five games, but they will still give Liverpool a proper examination because that is the mark of all Neil Warnock’s sides.
“I am going to go for a draw – the same outcome as in May, when Liverpool threw away a 3-0 lead in the last 11 minutes.
“Everybody remembers Luis Suarez‘s tears at the final whistle that night but that was not the game where Liverpool lost the Premier League title – that disappeared with their defeat by Chelsea the previous weekend.
“The Reds fans returning to Selhurst Park will remember that night but most of the team won’t, even the ones who were at the club last season.
“As a player, even if I had a bad result at a ground, it did not mean anything the next time I played there. I forgot most games very quickly because the next one came around so fast.”
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 television actor Adil Ray.
Adil’s prediction: 1-2
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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