Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Liverpool FC

The Liverpool FC legend is backing the Reds to drop points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool FC will drop points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The Reds will have the chance to hoist themselves up to second place in the Premier League table if Jurgen Klopp’s side manage to beat the Eagles at Saturday lunchtime ahead of Manchester United’s home clash against Swansea City.

Liverpool FC were 5-0 winners against Watford in their last Premier League game before the international break after Mohamed Salah scored four times at Anfield.

However, Palace have been a boogey side for Liverpool FC over the past three or four seasons following the Reds’ underwhelming record of five wins in 10 meetings.

Liverpool FC squandered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Palace at Selhurst Park in May 2014 to effectively end their Premier League title challenge.

Palace are two points above the relegation zone following four losses in their last six Premier League outings.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing ex-Reds boss Roy Hodgson to pick up a point against the Merseyside outfit at Selhurst Park,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Crystal Palace’s win over Huddersfield before the international break was massive for them – I would say it was their biggest result of the season.

“The Eagles had lost their previous four games and were in the relegation zone. If they had lost to the Terriers as well, then they would have been in serious trouble.

“Now Palace need to keep picking up points to climb away from the bottom three – and I think they will get something on Saturday, purely and simply because of Liverpool’s Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday.

“Professionals should not have one eye on another fixture which is three or four days later, but their last-16 tie is one of those huge occasions where it can happen.

“Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will surely be considering the City game, and the demands it will place on his players, when he picks his team to face Palace too.”

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

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