By Harvey Byrne
Mark Lawrenson has backed Liverpool’s attack to have too much for Stoke when the two sides meet on Tuesday.
The Merseyside giants are getting ready to host Stoke at Anfield, which will also see a return for summer departure Joe Allen.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last three matches with two wins and a draw following their late collapse against Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, the Potters have failed to win any of their last three encounters with two draws and a defeat.
This has led Lawrenson to predict a comfortable 3-0 victory for his former side going into the fixture.
“I was at Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Leicester last weekend and, when the Potters were 2-0 up, their shape looked pretty good with Joe Allen and Bojan behind Jon Walters,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“But Mark Hughes’s side still did not create many chances and as soon as Leicester put them under pressure, they just cracked a little bit – they were even struggling to defend the crosses that the Foxes were putting into the box, which is very unlike Stoke.
“I may well have caught the Stoke defence on a bad day but I think Liverpool’s movement and pace in attack will just be too much for them.”
Liverpool have not been beaten at Anfield this season with their home form having a big say in their current second placed position.
They will be keen to continue their good form against a team lying in 11th place and 16 points behind them.
Additionally, when the two sides last met in April, goals from Alberto Moreno, Daniel Sturridge and a Divock Origi double brought down a heavy 4-1 defeat on the Midlands outfit.
It is a clash that the Reds will be very eager to pick up a victory in, as they aim to stay within distance of league leaders Chelsea.
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