By Danny Wright
Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Liverpool will be held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in their Premier League meeting at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be facing their first big test of the new season when the Gunners travel to Merseyside, but the Reds will be going into the clash on the back of an impressive 4-2 Champions League win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
Arsenal on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at Stoke last weekend, which has again stirred the fan base into asking questions of Arsene Wenger’s reign.
Lawrenson now believes that both side have too many frailties to be able to get a win against the other.
“Like last year, they will be better against the good teams who do not change their style of play just because it is Liverpool,” he said on the BBC Sport website.
“I saw them against Hoffenheim on Wednesday and they remain great going forward but they can’t defend.”
He added: “Liverpool face an Arsenal team that still has more questions than answers about it. They were fortunate to beat Leicester and, against Stoke, while they can have a moan about some of the decisions, it exposed that familiar soft underbelly.
“You can play all the nice football in the world but if you can’t deal with the humdrum aspects of football you will be susceptible to results like that.”
Liverpool have not lost a home fixture against Arsenal since 2012 and they won both of their meetings with the north London club last season.
The Reds have also scored at least three goals in all of their last three clashes with the Gunners, winning their games 4-3 and 3-1 in the 2016/17 campaign which saw them reign supreme over other sides that were fighting for Champions League spots.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum got the goals in the same fixture last season while Danny Welbeck scored for Wenger’s men.
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