Mark Lawrenson states nervous prediction for Liverpool v Wolves

The former Liverpool defender is tipping Jurgen Klopp to play a strong side against Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool to edge to a nervy win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday afternoon.

The Merseyside outfit will be looking to secure a morale-boosting win the cup after their humiliation at the hands of Southampton at Anfield mid-week.

Liverpool crashed out of the EFL Cup after a 1-0 loss to the Saints in the second leg of their semi-final clash thanks to Shane Long’s late winner.

The 18-time English champions are winless in their last three Premier League games since a 1-0 victory over title rivals Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

Wolves, on the other hand, are in 18th place in the Championship and have only managed to win one of their last four games in the English second tier.

Writing in his BBC Sport column, former Liverpool defender Lawrenson backed Klopp to play a full-strength side in an attempt to build some much-needed momentum against Wolves on Saturday.

“How this game goes will depend a lot on what sort of side Jurgen Klopp picks, bearing in mind Liverpool play Chelsea in the Premier League on Tuesday.

“I cannot see Klopp repeating what he did in his side’s first game against Plymouth, when he picked the youngest team in the club’s history.

“For starters, they are up against a Championship team who won at Stoke in the third round. Wolves will bring a load of fans to Anfield and have a real go.

“But Klopp probably expected to beat Southampton on Wednesday and reach the EFL Cup final – if they had done that, he would have played a much weaker team in this game.

“I think he will make sure there is some experience in his line-up and I think Liverpool will get through – although it could be quite a nervy win.”

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Liverpool will host Chelsea in their next Premier League game on Tuesday.

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