Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham v Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Liverpool's trip to West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool to drop yet more points in the race for a top-four finish by playing out a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

The Reds head into the game looking to get back to winning ways after the disappointment of their goalless stalemate with Southampton at Anfield last weekend as James Milner missed a second-half penalty.

That result gave Arsenal fresh hope of catching Liverpool in the race for the top four, with the Gunners having the opportunity to close the gap down to just one point if they beat Stoke City on Saturday.

Liverpool, however, still have their fate in their own hands and will secure Champions League qualification if they win their two remaining games against West Ham and Middlesbrough.

However, former Liverpool star Lawrenson reckons Klopp’s side are on course to drop points at the London Stadium this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “The key will be whether they can break West Ham down – the Hammers played with three at the back in their win over Tottenham last week and flooded the midfield.

“If they do that again, there will not be much space for Liverpool’s creative players, which is why I am going for a draw.”

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Liverpool finished eighth and without a trophy last season following Klopp’s appointment in October 2015.

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