Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Stoke v Liverpool FC
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Liverpool FC's clash with Stoke City in the Premier League on Wednesday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool FC to snatch a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night to get their Premier League bid back on track.
The Reds were pegged back and held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday night as they slipped down into sixth place in the table.
Willian came off the bench to score for Chelsea late on after Mohamed Salah had given the home side the lead.
Liverpool FC will be aiming to break back into the top four in the coming weeks as the hectic festive period looms large.
The Merseyside outfit will aim to return to winning ways when they take on the Potters at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night.
And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing the visitors to claim all three points against the Potters in midweek.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport: “Stoke lost in injury time against Crystal Palace at the weekend and remain just above the bottom three.
“The Potters are not a team I am worried about in terms of relegation, but I think they will stay close to the relegation zone for another few days at least.
“As the saying goes, this will be a tester on a cold, wet Wednesday night in Stoke, but I think Liverpool are up to it.
“They will need to be better at the back, of course. At times I thought they were really good against Chelsea but it was still in many ways the same old Liverpool.
“Never mind their defence, what they can’t do is manage the game.
“It seems that when the opposition get a bit of possession, it is a real problem for Liverpool – and I think only the addition of some new personnel is going to change that.”
Liverpool FC finished fourth in the Premier League last season under Jurgen Klopp as they secured qualification for the Champions League in the German’s first full campaign in charge at Anfield.
The Reds are aiming to book their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition when they host Spartak Moscow at Anfield next month.