Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool v Sunderland

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Liverpool's clash with Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon

Mark Lawrenson is expecting to see Liverpool edge to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Anfield in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

The Reds head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

That result left Liverpool nine points adrift of the top four heading into the final 14 games of the season.

Liverpool have struggled to find consistent form under new manager Jurgen Klopp since he was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield back in October.

However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is backing the Reds to beat the Black Cats in front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Liverpool created a few opportunities against Leicester and they could not do much about Vardy’s goal, but their defence continues to offer up too many chances.

“The Reds have won once against Premier League opposition at Anfield in five matches since the end of November and they keep conceding goals.

“Jurgen Klopp needs a left-back who can defend – Alberto Moreno looks good going forward but he is one of the worst defenders I have seen.

“So it is difficult for the rest of the back four to be a solid unit, and also puts the goalkeeper under pressure. I bet Klopp is tearing his hair out.

“Sunderland gave it a real go against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, but their away form is far less encouraging – only Aston Villa have picked up fewer points on the road.”

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Liverpool, who finished sixth under Rodgers last term, reached the League Cup final last month and will take on Manchester City at Wembley in the showpiece at the end of February.

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