BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Newcastle United result

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BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson expects Liverpool to beat Newcastle United.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his column for the BBC that Liverpool will beat Newcastle United at Anfield tonight.

The Reds had won five games in a row, but defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal - the latter of which was particularly humiliating - have soured the mood on Merseyside.

The midweek FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers may just give Liverpool a boost heading into their clash with Newcastle, especially with Emre Can and Jordon Ibe returning.

Regardless of form or returning players, Liverpool will certainly be expecting to beat a beleaguered Newcastle side at Anfield.

The Magpies have lost the last four games in a row, with manager John Carver looking increasingly out of his depth - especially after last weekend's 1-0 defeat to North East rivals Sunderland.

Newcastle may have won the corresponding fixture 1-0 at St. James' Park back in November, but few fans would expect them to complete a double - and pundit Lawrenson, who used to play for Liverpool, believes that Brendan Rodgers' men will win the game 2-0, as he wrote in his weekly BBC prediction column.

"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," said Lawrenson. "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."

Manchester City's defeat at Manchester United on Sunday means that fourth place isn't quite out of the question for Liverpool yet, but they must beat Newcastle in order to keep the pressure on City.

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