Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Stoke City v Liverpool

The former Liverpool defender is backing Stoke City to hold Jurgen Klopp's side to a point at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Mark Lawrenson says he doesn’t expect Liverpool to beat Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool missed out on the chance to move further clear of their top-four chasing pack on Wednesday night after Jurgen Clop’s side conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

Joshua King netted in the closing minutes of the Premier League clash to rescue a point and cancel out Divock Origi’s second-half goal after Philippe Coutinho had levelled following Benik Afobe’s opener.

Liverpool remain in third place but Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United have all played less games than the Merseyside outfit in the pursuit of a place in next season’s Champions League.

Speaking to BBC Sport about Liverpool’s trip to Stoke City in the Premier League at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Lawrenson ruled out the possibility of the Merseyside side beating Mark Hughes’s men.

“Liverpool do not have the ability to do that at the moment. You could argue they are too nice, and they are also missing the injured Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane,” Lawrenson said.

“Stoke have now lost three on the spin and have scored only one goal in their past four matches, but I don’t see Liverpool going there and winning.”

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Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and six points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for a top-four finish.

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