Former Anfield defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s big Premier League fixture between Chelsea 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 Reds boss Jürgen Klopp take his side to the capital for a showdown with an out-of-sorts Chelsea and their under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
The reigning champs have lost five of their 10 league games played this season and are down in 15th, six places and three points behind the visitors.
Here’s what Lawro has to say about the game in full…
“Chelsea’s problems continued with their Capital One Cup defeat by Stoke on Tuesday.
“It is still unclear whether Jose Mourinho can manage a team that seems to be in decline, because he has never had to do it before.
“At the moment, I would have to say he can’t handle it, and he seems to be getting angrier by the minute.
“Liverpool got their first win under Jürgen Klopp in the same competition on Wednesday, but they have still got problems up front after Christian Benteke’s latest injury.
“This is an incredibly difficult game to call, because Klopp is just starting to build and Mourinho is threatening to self-destruct, but I am going to go for a draw.”
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 rugby league star Sam Tomkins.
“There has been a real feel-good factor at Liverpool since Klopp came in,” remarked the Wigan Warriors full-back. “And I think he will get his first league win.”
Sam’s prediction: 1-3
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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