Mark Lawrenson states prediction for Bournemouth v Liverpool

The Liverpool legend is tipping Jurgen Klopp's side to drop points against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool to drop points in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds haven’t lost a Premier League game since a surprise 2-0 defeat by promoted side Burnley at Turf Moor in their second fixture of the 2016-17 campaign.

Liverpool suffered a blow last weekend after Philippe Coutinho suffered a serious ankle injury in the first half of their 2-0 win against Sunderland at Anfield.

However, England international Adam Lallana is expected to return from an injury lay-off to bolster Klopp’s Liverpool side ahead of their trip to the Cherries.

Former Reds defender Lawrenson has his doubts about Liverpool – though, suggesting that Klopp’s side could struggle against Eddie Howe’s men on the south coast.

“The Cherries played some nice football and created chances at Emirates Stadium and I am sure they will do the same on Sunday – I think they might get something from the game this time too,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Liverpool looked a little lethargic in their EFL Cup win over Leeds without the injured Philippe Coutinho, and I don’t think Adam Lallana is fit to return yet either.

“Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has got other options up there – Roberto Firmino could move into the Coutinho role, for example, and Divock Origi could come in to their front-line – but it does leave Liverpool a little less potent in attack.”

Liverpool have already beaten Arsenal and Chelsea on the road in the Premier League this season to underline their status as genuine title contenders.

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The Reds have scored 32 times in 13 Premier League games in the 2016-17 season so far.

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