Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool v Arsenal
The former Liverpool defender is tipping the Reds to ease to a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool to play out a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds were impressive 4-2 winners against Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Wednesday night to secure a place in the group-stage draw.
Liverpool were drawn against La Liga outfit Sevilla, Slovenia’s Maribor and Russian side Spartak Moscow in Champions League Group F.
Arsenal will be competing in the Europa League for the first time in their history this season after Liverpool finished ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League last term.
The north London side lost 1-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend after Jese Rodriguez scored a second-half winner to condemn Arsenal to their first defeat of the 2017-18 campaign.
Liverpool have clocked up four points in the current season so far after the Reds were 1-0 winners against Crystal Palace following a 3-3 draw at Watford in their season opener.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes Arsenal will leave Anfield with a point on Sunday despite their disappointing record on Merseyside in recent years.
“Liverpool face an Arsenal team that still has more questions than answers about it,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“They were fortunate to beat Leicester and, against Stoke, while they can have a moan about some of the decisions, it exposed that familiar soft underbelly.
“You can play all the nice football in the world but if you can’t deal with the humdrum aspects of football you will be susceptible to results like that.
“The problem for the Gunners is that every time they lose you are waiting for the ‘Wenger out’ to start.”
Liverpool were 3-1 winners against the Gunners in their most recent meeting at Anfield thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.