Writer: Gavin John Day
Date:Saturday December 8 2012
What scoreline has former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson plumped for in the latest edition of his prediction feature?...
Ex-Liverpool centre-back turned media pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his thoughts ahead of Liverpool's visit to West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his regular 'Lawro Predicts' column for the BBC, the 55-year-old expects a scoreless draw due to a combination of the Hammers' great home record and Liverpool's lack, through suspension, of star striker Luis Suarez.
Here's what he had to say in full...
"Andy Carroll is injured but he would not have been able to face his parent club Liverpool anyway, under the terms of his loan move to West Ham.
"From the way the Hammers played in the second half against Chelsea last week, they won't miss Carroll too much.
"Sam Allardyce's side were outplayed in the first half and you cannot give him enough credit for the way he changed things around to get the win. It was not just a case of them playing long ball either. They just played the right ball.
"West Ham have got an impressive home record this season and they play to their strengths at Upton Park, which is a tight ground, by not allowing their opponents any room to play.
"I can see that happening against Liverpool, especially because the Reds will be without their top scorer Luis Suarez, who serves a one-game ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season."
Lawro's prediction: 0-0
About this former LFC player
Mark Lawrenson joined Liverpool from Brighton & Hove Albion for a then club record £900k in the summer of 1981. The Republic of Ireland international centre-back soon struck up a formidable partnership with Alan Hansen after injury to club stalwart Phil Thompson. After 332 appearances, Lawrenson left the club in 1989 and after a season playing in the American Soccer League went on to manage Oxford United and Peterborough United. During his time at Anfield 'Lawro' won 5 league titles, 3 League Cups, a European Cup and an FA Cup.
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Date:Saturday December 8 2012
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