Former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Cardiff City vs. Liverpool and attempts to predict the result…
Ex-Anfield centre-back turned media pundit Mark Lawrenson has expressed his thoughts ahead of Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League trip to struggling Cardiff City on Saturday.
This will be the first league meeting between the two in Wales since August 1959 when Cardiff recorded their fifth straight home league victory (3-2).
Recent history isn’t so kind to the Bluebirds though with Liverpool winning 3-1 at Anfield earlier this season and edging the 2012 Capital One Cup final on penalties.
Unsurprisingly Lawrenson, writing in his regular ‘Lawro Predicts’ column for the BBC, expects another victory for the in-form Merseysiders this weekend.
Here’s what he had to say in full…
“Cardiff were unlucky at Everton last weekend. They thought they had got a very good point but when you’re down at the bottom of the league, these things happen to you.
“Liverpool at the moment are by far and away the best team in the league. The football they’ve been playing is breathtaking – the pace at which they break and attack. If they go and attack Cardiff, I expect them to win convincingly.
“They can win the title but do I think they will? No, I think Manchester City will.
“Manager Brendan Rodgers has had a very good season. Regardless of what happens in the last few games, they will be in the Champions League. That will help him attract better players. Liverpool are only going to get stronger, but so are Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
“Cardiff won’t stay up. In five or 10 years when you look at the history of Cardiff, the day they sacked Malky Mackay will be a major decision. Good luck to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But he’s never managed in the Premier League before. It’s so difficult if your team is fighting against relegation to be able to manage at that level.”
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Each week Lawro invites a guest to give their predictions before seeing who guesses the most scores correctly.
This week he’s up against singer Eliza Doolittle..
Eliza’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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