Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Brom v Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Liverpool's clash with West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool to take another step towards securing a top-four finish in the Premier League by beating West Brom 2-0 at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Reds head into their second successive away game on the back of their impressive 2-1 comeback win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp has been tasked with steering Liverpool back into the Champions League in his first full season in charge at Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit are currently in third place in the table but have played two games more than some of their rivals.

However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Reds claim victory over Tony Pulis’ side at The Hawthorns this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Jurgen Klopp made a late change against Bournemouth that I thought actually helped the Cherries fight back for a point.

“Then he essentially left his front six out against Stoke, but at half-time of that game thought ‘woah, this isn’t right.’ He sent the cavalry on with the Potters ahead and it worked – the Reds won 2-1 and could have scored more in the end.

“Klopp will have to get his selection right this time but I fancy Liverpool to get a win here.

“West Brom have just started to struggle for goals again and, with no wins in four, there is a danger that their season could peter out.”

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Liverpool finished eighth and without a trophy last season in what was Klopp’s first campaign in charge at Anfield.

The German manager was brought in as Brendan Rodgers’ permanent successor back in October 2015.

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