Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Bournemouth
The Liverpool FC legend is tipping Jurgen Klopp's men to secure a much-needed win against Bournemouth on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a resounding 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds will welcome Eddie Howe’s men to Merseyside desperate to secure three points to kick-start their Premier League title challenge.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped points in their last two Premier League games following 1-1 draws with Leicester City and West Ham United.
Manchester City capitalised on Liverpool FC’s faltering form with victories over Arsenal and Everton to move ahead of the Reds on goal difference.
However, the Merseyside outfit have a game in hand and the Reds can restore their three-point advantage at the top with a much-needed win against Eddie Howe’s side.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Klopp’s men to ease to a straightforward win against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
“The Reds are at home and playing a Bournemouth team that are not good defensively,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“After beating Chelsea 4-0 the Cherries went and lost 2-0 at Cardiff last weekend, which is like going one from extreme to another.
“I am not sure what kind of performance we will see from Eddie Howe’s team this time, but I would still back Liverpool to win comfortably.”
Liverpool FC will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez for their clash against Bournemouth this weekend.
The Reds have been forced to play Jordan Henderson and James Milner at right-back in their last two league outings.
Lawrenson believes Liverpool FC’s defensive crisis is harming their title challenge.
“Liverpool’s biggest problem at the moment is that they are a bit thin on the ground, numbers-wise, especially at the back,” Lawrenson added.
“It wouldn’t be too bad if they had only lost one defender, one midfielder and one attacker, but they are all in the same sort of department.
“Even Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, who are both injury doubts for this game, are more defensive-minded midfielders, rather than attacking.
“So Jurgen Klopp has lost that shield a little bit and even Virgil van Dijk has started to look a little bit ordinary because there are so many different people around him.”
Liverpool FC have finished in fourth place in their last two Premier League seasons under Klopp.
The Reds didn’t make any signings in the January transfer window.