Date: 12th September 2014 at 7:18pm
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Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s fixture between Liverpool and Aston Villa…

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 looking to build on an impressive win over Tottenham Hotspur when they welcome high-flying Aston Villa to Anfield.

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

“Aston Villa have started very well, but this fixture might be too much for them.

“Last season at Anfield, Paul Lambert’s side tore Liverpool apart in the 2-2 draw, before running out of steam.

“Villa still don’t have striker Christian Benteke fit, while the Reds are without their main front-man Daniel Sturridge.

“It’ll be interesting to see what manager Brendan Rodgers does to compensate. I guess they will play a diamond with new signing Mario Balotelli up front.

“They’ve coped without Luis Suarez and I expect them to be OK without Sturridge, with Raheem Sterling in fine form.

“He’s been well managed by the coaching staff. Every hurdle he’s been asked to jump, he has done. For a guy with a small frame he’s very, very strong. He’s got fantastic ability, great pace and very direct.

“He has a chance to be a really good player.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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 Catfish and the Bottlemen singer Van McCann.

Van’s prediction: 2-1

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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