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Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Crystal Palace

By Harvey Byrne

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted his old side Liverpool will beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in Saturday’s evening kick off.

The outspoken pundit stated that Crystal Palace may have to play the same way Manchester United had done at Anfield a few weeks a go if they want to get anything out of the game.

Lawrenson, 59, stated that the Reds have a “patchy” recent record at Selhurst Park, but that Jurgen Klopp’s side are now creating enough chances to win two matches if given the time and space.

“Liverpool had a patchy recent record at Selhurst Park until last season when they won thanks to a very late Christian Benteke penalty,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website. “The Reds obviously won’t be hoping for the same on Saturday, when they face their former striker.

“I think the key to the game will be whether Crystal Palace can stop Liverpool, however.

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“If you give Jurgen Klopp’s side time and space to play at the moment, then they create enough chances to win two games.

“Liverpool went top of the league table based on my predictions (see bottom of page) last week, but things are almost as close at the top of my league as it is in real life.

“The reason Liverpool are in the mix in the table that matters is their front five. As a team they have got their faults, the same as every side up there, but when their attackers are on form they are difficult to stop, and they play the same way home and away.

“You basically have to go and play like Manchester United did last week to stop them, and even then David de Gea had to make two top saves to earn them a point.”

Klopp’s side are in magnificent form this season with six wins, two draws and one loss coming from their opening nine Premier League fixtures.

They are unbeaten in their last 10 encounters in all competitions and will be keen to continue their run against Alan Pardew’s men.

The south east London club are sat in 11th in the league with Liverpool in third and the Reds could move to the top of the league, with a win or a draw if results go their way.

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