Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool FC v Stoke City
The Liverpool FC legend is tipping the Reds to ease to a straightforward win over Stoke City on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is confident Liverpool FC will ease to a 2-0 win against Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to field a weakened team for the Premier League clash ahead of Liverpool FC’s trip to the Italian capital for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final next week.
Liverpool FC were 5-2 winners against AS Roma in the first leg at Anfield on Tuesday night to secure a commanding lead ahead of their trip to the Italian club’s intimidating Stadio Olimpico.
Klopp rested a number of key players when Liverpool FC faced Everton in the Merseyside derby earlier this month when the fixture fell in the middle of their 5-1 aggregate win against Manchester City in the Champions League in the last eight.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes the Reds will still record a comfortable win despite the prospect of a second string lining up against relegation candidates Stoke City.
“Saturday lunchtime kick-offs usually feel a bit flat, so no wonder Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has asked for Reds fans to create the same atmosphere against Stoke that they did against Roma on Tuesday,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Klopp says Liverpool will need their fans but they are just playing so well at the moment that, even if they have an off-day, I would still back them.
“Stoke badly need a win, but not only do they have an appalling record at Anfield – they have never won there in 54 top-flight visits – they are playing a team with such impressive firepower.
“What do the Potters do? They simply cannot compete if they try to fight fire with fire, and I do not see them holding out and nicking a goal either.”
Liverpool FC are looking to win the Champions League for the first time since 2005.
The Reds beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul in 2005 despite trailing 3-0 at half-time of the Champions League showpiece.
Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table.