Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Liverpool FC

The Liverpool FC legend believes the Reds will ease to a 2-1 win over Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday evening

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-1 win against Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday evening.

The Reds will make the long trip to the north London side as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games this season.

Liverpool FC were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley back in September when Klopp’s men produced a comprehensive performance.

The Merseyside outfit managed to collect points in stalemates with Chelsea FC and Manchester City to underline their title ambitions.

Liverpool FC have a good record at The Emirates in the past two seasons – notching up one win and one draw as well as scoring seven times.

Arsenal have been on an impressive run of their own after the north London side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

The Gunners have made light work of the lesser teams in the Premier League but Arsenal dropped points at the start of the season in losses to Manchester City and Chelsea FC.

Given their record against their top-six rivals in recent seasons, Liverpool FC are understandably favourites to emerge victorious at The Emirates this weekend.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson expects the Reds to have a “little bit too much” for Arsenal in north London on Saturday evening.

“Both of these teams look dangerous when they come forward but at the back Liverpool are stronger, and they look a much better all-round team than they did 12 months ago,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Arsenal still have something of a soft centre, and the opposition always seems to create chances against them – which is asking for trouble against Liverpool.

“The Gunners won 11 games in a row before they drew at Crystal Palace on Sunday but they have not played a top side since they lost to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season.

“I think Liverpool will have a little bit too much for them but, even if Arsenal do lose, this has still been a very encouraging start by their new manager Unai Emery.”

Liverpool FC have emerged as genuine title contenders in the Premier League this season thanks to a run of eight victories and two stalemates.

The Merseyside outfit are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table in pursuit of a first top-flight crown since 1990.

Arsenal, on the other hand, haven’t got their hands on the Premier League title since 2003-04, when the Gunners finished the season unbeaten.

The north London side haven’t managed to secure a top-four finish in the last two campaigns.

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