Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Crystal Palace

The Liverpool FC legend is backing the Reds to ease to victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a straightforward 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds eased to a 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend thank to Mohamed Salah’s winner from the penalty spot in the second half.

Liverpool FC will start the Premier League weekend with a four-point advantage at the top of the table as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to maintain their lead over defending champions Manchester City.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson had an unhappy stint in charge of the Merseyside outfit before the ex-England head coach was replaced by Sir Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool FC have some sour memories when it comes to Crystal Palace, notably their 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park in May 2014 that all but ended their title hopes.

However, ex-Reds defender Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to secure a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

“Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of former Liverpool boss Bob Paisley, and the club are going to mark the occasion in a variety of ways,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“The Reds will be up against another former Liverpool manager, Roy Hodgson, who did not have a very happy time at Anfield, during a difficult period for the club.

“Liverpool got through last week’s trip to Brighton with three points, which was the important thing – it is those type of games that decide whether you end up as champions.

“I don’t see them having many problems in winning this one too. Trent Alexander-Arnold is out, but Jurgen Klopp will just play James Milner at right-back, and he will not moan about it.

“Anything Palace get from this game is a bonus, and I just don’t see it happening.”

Liverpool FC have only lost to Manchester City in the Premier League this season after collecting 57 points from 22 games in the English top flight.

The Reds are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time and end a 28-year wait to get their hands on the English top-flight crown.

Liverpool FC are still waiting to win their first trophy under Klopp.

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