Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Watford v Liverpool FC

The Liverpool FC legend believes Watford will hold Jurgen Klopp's side to a draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool FC will drop points when the Reds make the trip to Watford on Saturday afternoon.

The Merseyside outfit will be hoping to protect their 12-game unbeaten start to the Premier League season following an impressive opening to the current campaign.

However, Liverpool FC will face a difficult trip to Watford in the English capital as the Hornets look to win for the fifth time at Vicarage Road in the current campaign.

Watford have already beaten Tottenham at Vicarage Road this season, while they pushed Manchester United close although Jose Mourinho’s side ultimately edged to a 2-1 win.

Liverpool FC were held to a 3-3 draw with Watford in their opening fixture of the Premier League last season after Klopp’s side conceded a last minute equaliser.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes the Merseyside outfit will have to settle for a point against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

“Despite the controversy over the way they got their point at Southampton before the international break, I actually thought Watford’s performance at St Mary’s was decent – that part of it seems to have been overlooked a bit,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Liverpool beat Fulham last time out but, for the first time at Anfield this season, they were probably a little bit fortunate to get a win.

“There was a question mark over whether Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal for Fulham should have stood just before the Reds took the lead, and they huffed and puffed a bit after that too – it was not a very fluid performance.”

Lawrenson added: “It does not matter that Liverpool are not at their best at the moment – that is not a problem – but their preparation for this game might be.

“The Reds are obviously not the only team who have seen all their players disappear on international duty over the past fortnight but Jurgen Klopp has an important Champions League match at Paris St-Germain on Wednesday to think about too, which complicates things a little bit for the weekend.

“Taking all of that into consideration, I am going to go for a draw. I just have the feeling Watford will be lying in wait for them, and they will see Liverpool as a scalp – just like they did with Spurs when they beat them in September.”

Liverpool FC have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season after collecting 30 points from 12 games to remain within striking distance of Manchester City.

The defending Premier League champions have a two-point lead over Liverpool FC at the top of the table, after the Reds were held to stalemates by Arsenal, Chelsea FC and Manchester City.

Liverpool FC have finished in fourth place in the last two Premier League seasons.

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