Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v West Brom
By Will Butcher
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted his old side Liverpool will beat West Brom 3-0 in Saturday’s tea-time kick off.
However, Lawrenson warned Liverpool’s defence that they must be wary of West Brom’s threat from set pieces after last season’s 2-2 draw.
Lawrenson, 59, claimed that Brazilian duo Roberto Firmino and Coutinho will be the difference for the Merseyside giants, if they are careful not to over complicate their attacks.
“The key for Liverpool will be dealing with West Brom’s set-pieces,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website. “I was at Anfield for this fixture last season, a 2-2 draw that saw the Baggies bully them and punish them at corners and free-kicks.
“The Reds also have to be careful that they don’t over-elaborate in attack when Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho are on the ball.
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“I do still think Jurgen Klopp’s side will create the most chances, however. If they can take them, they will win.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side are in magnificent form that has seen them triumph in six of their nine league and cup encounters this season.
Wins against Arsenal, Chelsea and champions Leicester has seen the Reds move to fourth in the Premier League table, just two points off league leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday halted their run of five consecutive wins last time out, but a return to winning ways is on the cards.
A win could see Klopp’s side move to the top of the league above Arsenal, Tottenham and City, if results go their way.
During a seven-year stay at Anfield, Lawrenson played 356 league and cup matches at the heart of the Liverpool defence as well as scoring 18 goals.
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