Date: 23rd May 2015 at 10:55am
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Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Sunday’s Premier League fixture between Stoke 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 Merseysiders travel to The Potteries to face Stoke City on the final weekend of the Premier League season.

Victory will ensure the Reds finish fifth but any other result and they could end up as low as seventh.

Whatever the outcome, Brendan Rodgers‘ men are almost certain to be in the Europa League next season but, crucially, the three points will ensure they bypass the qualifying rounds and go straight in at the group stage.

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

“been another good season for Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who has broken the club’s points record and led his side to back-to-back top 10 finishes in his two seasons in charge.

“Meanwhile, Liverpool’s campaign has descended into a little bit of a mess.

Crystal Palace deserved to beat them at Anfield last time out – it was a great atmosphere for Steven Gerrard‘s farewell but it was almost like a testimonial and the Reds forgot to play.

“This week has been overshadowed by the Raheem Sterling situation, which is something else Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has to sort out.

“Even so, if they finish fifth which is what I think will happen, that is not a bad return when you consider they saw Luis Suarez leave and have had to cope without Daniel Sturridge for most of the season.

“Now Rodgers has a lot of rebuilding to do in the summer, and it will be harder to get the quality and experience he needs because they are not in the Champions League next year.”

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 drum and bass duo DJ Fresh & Adam F (Who? Yes us either).

DJ Fresh & Adam F’s prediction: 0-1

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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