Mark Lawrenson has been looking ahead to Newcastle v Liverpool, as well as looking back at United’s defeat to Brighton last Sunday.

The BBC Sport pundit believes that despite winning three games in a row, Newcastle ‘have got a lot of work to do to stay in the Premier League’.

Lawrenson things that Newcastle struggled to create anything against Brighton, so wonders how they can ‘trouble the big teams’.

With Newcastle not playing any of the big teams on Sunday, such as Manchester City, Chelsea, or Manchester United, they could though still maybe have a chance against Liverpool???

Obviously Mark Lawrenson considers Liverpool an elite team up with that trio but after conceding 19 goals already this season in all competitions, including five alone against big team Man City, it is clear that this Liverpool team isn’t looking invincible by any stretch of the imagination.

I’m not claiming the scousers don’t pose a threat, because they obviously still have some very good players, but they have won only one game in September and that was thanks to Leicester having a penalty saved in a very close 3-2 win.

Mark Lawrenson claims that Rafa Benitez ‘would probably snap your hand off’ if offered a point now, which may well be the case.

However, Liverpool struggled to beat the worst team in the division, Crystal Palace, by just one goal. Whilst they went behind to Burnley at home, before equalising and ending that game in a 1-1 draw.

Going back to the Brighton game, Lawrenson is right in saying that Newcastle didn’t create a load of chance but neither did the Seagulls, a scenario which will be the case for many games around the Premier League this season for numerous clubs. If Joselu had put his chance from seven yards inside the post, then you would have fancied Newcastle to make it four wins on the bounce.

Amusing as well that Mark Lawrenson is happy to dismiss those three wins and not give credit for particularly the West Ham and Stoke games, where Rafa’s players created numerous chances – Joselu alone should have had a hat-trick against the Potters.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“After watching Newcastle’s defeat by Brighton last weekend, I was left thinking the Magpies have got a lot of work to do to stay in the Premier League.

“Yes, Rafael Benitez’s side had won their previous three matches but they did not create much against the Seagulls, let alone show that they have got anything to trouble the big teams.

“The Magpies are good at attacking set-pieces, and Liverpool are obviously not very good at defending them – but I think the Reds will keep a clean sheet too because other than free-kicks and corners, the home side might not offer very much.

“Newcastle’s defence is going to have to be one of their strengths this season, and under Rafael Benitez it will be.

“It will be fascinating to see how Benitez sets his team up, and they will be very competitive, but I don’t see them keeping his old club quiet.

“If you offered Rafa a point now he would probably snap your hand off – but I think Liverpool will take all three.”

  • 55degreesnorth

    A classic case of how to string out an article. Repeat the text of the article twice then give Lawrenson’s prediction in the final sentence.

    • Jimblag23

      The Mag are the worst at this.
      I ignore everything they write and head straight for the quotes, otherwise you get bombarded with how they want you to interpret it.

      • lukegte

        Took the words oot me mooth

  • East Durham Mag

    Another pundit who is a [email protected] Who cares Mark …. do one please.

  • Wor Lass

    Who`s actually going to disagree with what he says? It all seems reasonable enough to me. More siege mentality from the Mag – you forgot to mention Villa!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`s park the bus on Sunday, the Muppet`s took 3-1. i won`t forecast a score because as you know it always goes Pear Shaped

      • Wor Lass

        Too true – bring back Farmer Giles!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          that`s an idea

  • Steve Pearce

    Steve Pearce predicts that he won’t give a flying Donald Duck what this horrible boring Chris Brunt has to say….

  • MadMag83

    You really need to see a doctor about that chip on your shoulder Jackie!

    We will probably park the bus and hope to hit Liverpool on the counter attack or from a set piece. So all hands on deck at the back. If we can nick a lead then Liverpool might start to get frustrated, but right now I would be happy with a point towards the 40 point total.

  • Kneebotherm8

    It’s good that they’re all going for a heavy toon defeat,I love this team being underdogs it’s when we’re at our best.

  • Peaky Magpie

    If I want an opinion from a woodwork teacher I’ll go and ask for one from the school down the road,not this boring old t**t.

  • gallowgate26

    ‘He would probably snap your hand off for a point at home now’. That may be so but how arrogant is that? They lost in the last two attempts here! You muppet Lawro. As soon as we lose a game (1-0 away and the first in four) ‘they have a lot of work to do to stay up’…. We’re only 2 points behind Liverpool. We might have a chance to stay up now that you’re not the defensive coach Lawro.