Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool to beat Chelsea in Saturday's clash at Anfield

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool to beat Chelsea 2-1 in Saturday’s crunch Premier League game at Anfield.

The Reds head into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the top flight after the disappointment of squandering a 3-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are gearing up for the clash after having booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Qarabag in Azerbaijan.

Liverpool are looking to climb the Premier League table and know that victory over the Blues would leave them level on points with Antonio Conte’s men as the hectic festive period looms large.

And former Liverpool star Lawrenson is tipping the home side to pick up all three points against the west London side with a 2-1 victory.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Eden Hazard has been fantastic for Chelsea in recent weeks, and his side are on a run of four straight wins in the Premier League.

“But the Blues are going to have to put together a much longer winning streak if they are going to catch up with leaders Manchester City, and I don’t see them doing that.

“It is very close between the pack of five teams that are below City, and they have been taking points off each other all season – which suits City fine.

“It will be interesting to see what the chasing pack do in January if they are still bunched together then.

“Normally that transfer window is more about the teams near the bottom of the table but this season who the top teams buy – and especially who they sell – is going to make a big difference to who finishes in the top four.”

Chelsea are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season after having won the trophy under Antonio Conte in his first campaign in charge last term.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are also looking to challenge for the top-flight trophy, after having finished in fourth place under Jurgen Klopp last season.

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