Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool v Cardiff
The Liverpool FC legend is confident the Reds will beat promoted side Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool FC to get through a difficult clash against Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds have managed to get through a difficult spell in the Champions League and the Premier League to stay in touch with the rivals.
Liverpool FC eased to a vital 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their European opener, before a 1-0 loss to Napoli earlier this month after Lorenzo Insigne’s late winner.
The Reds rescued a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s last-gasp equaliser, while Liverpool FC held Manchester City to a goalless draw.
The Merseyside outfit returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend thanks to Liverpool FC’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium.
Klopp’s side will relish the chance to face another relegation candidate at Anfield this weekend when Neil Warnock’s promoted side make the trip to Merseyside.
Cardiff were 4-2 winners against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League last weekend to hoist themselves one spot above the relegation zone.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson doesn’t envisage the Reds dropping points at home on Saturday afternoon despite warning Klopp’s men to expect a difficult clash.
“Cardiff will be full of confidence after getting their first win of the season against Fulham last week but following that up at Anfield is going to be a huge ask for them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I don’t think this will be as easy for Liverpool as some might expect, though.
“Jurgen Klopp made a few changes for his side’s win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, but Cardiff have had the week off – they will be ready for them, and they won’t roll over.”
Liverpool FC are unbeaten in their last 25 games in the Premier League at Anfield and Klopp’s defence haven’t conceded a goal in 841 minutes of league football on Merseyside.
Mohamed Salah scored his 50th goal in 65 games for Liverpool FC when the Egypt international netted for the second time in their 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League in midweek.
The former Chelsea FC winger has scored 21 goals in his last 18 games at home in the Premier League and Salah will fancy his chances of adding to that tally against a team that has conceded 19 goals in nine outings.