Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Bournemouth v Liverpool FC

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds were 5-2 winners against Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane and Geoerginio Wijnaldum.

Liverpool FC’s rout of Everton cemented their eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City in the Premier League title race ahead of their trip to the south coast.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have the best away record in the Premier League following six victories in seven outings.

Only Manchester United have been able to take a point off Liverpool FC in an otherwise perfect Premier League campaign so far for the Reds.

Bournemouth lost 1-0 to 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night to extend their winless run to four Premier League games.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“In contrast to Everton, whatever Liverpool do at the moment just keeps on working out for them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“I was at Anfield for the Merseyside derby and my thoughts when I saw Jurgen Klopp’s much-changed side to face Everton can be summed up in one word – ‘gamble’.

“It paid off though. I understand the players he brought in had been working extremely hard in training and Klopp just thought ‘fresh legs, give them a go’ and it could not have worked out any better for him.

“Bournemouth, meanwhile, are struggling. They have lost four league games in a row, with their latest defeat coming against Crystal Palace’s 10 men on Tuesday – I don’t see them having any joy here, either.”

Liverpool FC have scored 18 times in their last four Premier League meetings with Bournemouth without reply.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 4-0 at Bournemouth in the last two seasons.

Liverpool FC haven’t lost to the Cherries since a 4-3 defeat back in December 2016 when the Reds squandered a 3-1 lead at the Vitality Stadium.

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