Mark Lawrenson predicts result of Liverpool v Sunderland

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Mark Lawrenson believes that Liverpool will comfortably beat Sunderland 2-0 on Saturday.

Mark Lawrenson feels that Liverpool will be too strong for Sunderland when the two sides meet this weekend.

The Reds host Gus Poyet's men at Anfield knowing that they need to start improving if they are to meet expectations this season.

Liverpool were tasked with consolidating their position in the top-four, but have been well short of the quality required to date.

However, Lawrenson believes that they have been making improvements to their game in recent fixtures and he thinks that they will be untroubled when facing off against the Black Cats on Saturday. 

"Liverpool's results have started to pick up and maybe Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was right when he said their Champions League draw in Sofia on 26 November was a crossroads moment," he said to BBC Sport.

"All of a sudden, the Liverpool players look like they have got some of their confidence back.

"Sunderland, generally, are difficult to beat but don't cause opponents enough problems and that will be the case at Anfield too (predicts a 2-0 defeat)."

Liverpool go into the game having picked up a win against Leicester City in their last fixture, which lifted them into the top half of the table.

The side are now just five points away from the Champions League qualification spots, which seems remarkably close considering the amount of criticism they have faced. 

The Reds' performances have been heavily scrutinised, but a win on Saturday could push them to the outskirts of the top four and things at Anfield will feel far more positive if that is the case. 

Sunderland, meanwhile, have shown improvements in recent weeks, but their unbeaten run ended with a heavy defeat to Manchester City in midweek. 

The Black Cats are still looking anxiously over their shoulder and a defeat in Merseyside, as predicted, could see them slip back into the bottom three. 

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