By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson has predicted Liverpool to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Reds host Palace at Anfield on Sunday and will be looking to consolidate their position in the top-four places.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in their last seven league matches and that has helped them rise to third in the league table.
They will be confident going into the Palace game after recently winning back-to-back away games, while also winning the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park 4-2 back in October.
BBC pundit Lawrenson has backed Liverpool to win at the weekend and feels restricting their former player Christian Benteke could prove decisive.
“Philippe Coutinho is playing extremely well and when that happens, so does Roberto Firmino,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “It means that, even without Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, Liverpool look dangerous.
“I know Crystal Palace have been going well, and it will be interesting to see how Christian Benteke gets on back at Anfield, But if Liverpool can cut off Benteke’s supply, I would expect them to win this one.”
Benteke endured a difficult spell during his time at Anfield and failed to really settle with the Merseyside club.
The Belgian forward managed 10 goals in 42 appearances for the Reds, but his direct style didn’t suit the style of Klopp.
He completed a move to Palace in the summer for £27million and become their talisman.
Benteke has scored 14 goals in 34 appearances so far this campaign and is the focal point of the Palace attack.
Liverpool defender’s will be hoping to keep the powerful attacker quiet and will know all about his skills from the training ground.
In other Liverpool news, Fernando Torres has revealed why he quit the club to join Chelsea.