By Harvey Byrne
Mark Lawrenson has predicted a win for old club Liverpool against Arsenal on Saturday evening, despite believing they are too weak mentally alongside not having a plan b.
The BBC pundit’s claims are certainly backed up by the Merseyside giants’ poor form which has seen them win just one of their last seven league matches, resulting in them losing their top four placing.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are also on a poor run with three defeats from their last five encounters in all competitions.
This has led to Lawrenson predicting a 2-1 win for Liverpool, as he highlighted the two sides records against those teams around him.
“I think Monday’s defeat by Leicester has led to Jurgen Klopp’s first real crossroads moment, in so far as he needs to have a bit of a rethink in regards to the make-up of his team,” told Lawrenson to the BBC Sport website.
“It is difficult with his current squad, because at the moment the team basically picks itself – excluding teenagers who have come through the system, he probably only has 15 or 16 players to choose from.
“I think Liverpool have some really good players in there but as a team they are weak mentally and, if someone really goes at them like Leicester did, they cannot keep them at bay.
“It also feels like, if Plan A fails for the Reds, they don’t have anything as a back-up. Again, we saw that against Leicester.
“But then you come back to the conundrum which is Liverpool’s form in games against the other leading teams this season, where they are still unbeaten and top of that mini-league. Arsenal are bottom.
“The Gunners have other issues, of course, with Arsene Wenger’s future still under scrutiny, but they did have the benefit of a weekend off because they were meant to be playing Southampton, who were in the EFL Cup final.
“This is a big game in the race for the top four and a lot of the time I tend to think these matches end up in a draw.
“After the week Liverpool have had, though, wouldn’t it just be typical of them to win it?”
There is currently one point separating Liverpool from Arsenal in the league table as they occupy the fifth and sixth places respectively.
But, the Gunners do also boast a game in hand after not playing last weekend due to scheduled opponents Southampton playing in the EFL Cup final.
This means that it is essential that Jurgen Klopp’s side earn all three points at the weekend in order to ensure they remain in the battle for a top four placing with 12 matches left this season.
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