Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is confident Liverpool FC will beat Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Champions League holders will be looking to forget about a disappointing night in Italy in midweek after Liverpool FC suffered a 2-0 loss to Napoli in their group-stage opener.

Liverpool FC have won their opening five Premier League games to build a five-point lead at the top of the table courtesy of their victories over Norwich City, Southampton, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle United.

Chelsea FC suffered a 1-0 defeat by La Liga side Valencia in their opening Champions League group-stage fixture as they once again failed to win successive games for the first time under Frank Lampard.

The Blues were impressive 5-2 winners against Wolves in their last Premier League fixture after Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Klopp’s side to ease to a 2-0 victory over Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

“You could argue that their win over Wolves last weekend was the best they have played over an entire game – in others they have only done well in parts – so consistency is something they are still searching for,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Liverpool need to improve on their performance against Napoli but this is a good fixture for them to do it.

“When you go and play one of the other big boys, you know you need to concentrate fully.

“Their players will not need their manager to remind them that in this fixture last year, it took a late wonder goal from Daniel Sturridge to snatch a point – so they need to be at the top of their game.”

Liverpool FC beat Chelsea FC in the Uefa Super Cup earlier this season thanks to a penalty shootout victory.

Abraham missed the decisive spot-kick to deny Chelsea FC their first piece of silverware under club legend Lampard.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place with a record 97 points last season.

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