Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Liverpool's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool to take a step closer towards Champions League qualification by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds head into Sunday’s clash on Merseyside on the back of their battling 1-0 win over West Brom last weekend as Jurgen Klopp’s men continued their march towards Champions League qualification.
Liverpool are currently in third place in the Premier League table as the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League hots up.
And former Reds star Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Merseyside outfit take another small step towards Champions League football by beating Sam Allardyce’s side at Anfield on Sunday.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “I have to say that Liverpool’s last two results – wins at Stoke and West Brom – were as good as any result they have had all season.
“The Reds were all over the place for the first 45 minutes against Stoke but still found a way to win that game and, in all honesty, they could have scored two or three against the Baggies.
“Philippe Coutinho is playing extremely well and when that happens, so does Roberto Firmino.
“It means that, even without Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, Liverpool look dangerous.
“I know Crystal Palace have been going well, and it will be interesting to see how Christian Benteke gets on back at Anfield,
“But if Liverpool can cut off Benteke’s supply, I would expect them to win this one.”
Liverpool ended up in eighth place in the Premier League table last season and without a trophy despite Klopp guiding his side to both the Europa League and EFL Cup finals.
The Reds brought Klopp in as Brendan Rodgers’ permanent successor at Anfield back in October 2015.