Talking about the match at Anfield on Monday night, Mark Lawrenson says that Newcastle are the team ‘everyone wants to play’.
For many of us it doesn’t seem that long ago since we were the team everybody wanted to watch!
Lawrenson also has a rant about the fickle Liverpool fans calling for Brendan Rodgers’ head, less than a year after he was the hero who was going to deliver the Premier League abck to its rightful place (in their eyes).
The one big surprise is that Mark Lawrenson has only gone for a 2-0 scoreline. Considering Newcastle have conceded 3 or more goals on 15 occasions in 41 matches against Liverpool in the Premier League, that two goal cushion looks optimistic for me.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
Liverpool got themselves over the line and to Wembley after beating Blackburn in their FA Cup quarter-final tie and that success will help their league form too.
I can only see one outcome at Anfield on Monday, because Newcastle’s poor form means they are the team everyone wants to play right now.
Mark Lawrenson on fickle fans…
“As soon as Liverpool lost two games – against two very good teams in Manchester United and Arsenal – the knives were being sharpened for Brendan Rodgers by some Reds fans. They seemed to have already forgotten about the long unbeaten run that had just happened.
“The fickleness of so many supporters of all teams at the moment is amazing and it is getting worse because every manager is now being judged on the here and now, not any historical achievements or even what has happened a few weeks ago. That is not going to change because that is the world we live in, but it makes being a football manager a lot harder.”
Fourth place has gone for Liverpool but their aim now has to be to finish in fifth, get to the FA Cup final and try to win it.
Do that, and they have had a good season.
Mark Lawrenson prediction: 2-0