BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v West Ham

Slaven Bilic

Mark Lawrenson believes West Ham will lose at Liverpool.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes West Ham will lose against Liverpool today - and admitted his concern for the Hammers.

The season started so well for new manager Slaven Bilic, as he led his team to a stunning 2-0 victory away at Arsenal in their first game of the campaign.

However, successive home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth have now put some early pressure on the Croatian, especially after that loss to Bournemouth, where the Hammers leaked four goals in an embarrassing display of defensive ineptitude.

Now, Bilic takes his side to Anfield to take on Liverpool, in what will be a tough encounter, with virtually no strikers at Bilic's disposal following injuries to Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate.

Ahead of the game this afternoon, pundit Mark Lawrenson - formerly of Liverpool - told BBC Sport that he worries for West Ham given their defensive frailties in recent weeks, and believes that they will lose for a third straight week, predicting a 2-0 win for his former club Liverpool.

"I worry a little bit about West Ham," said Lawrenson. "They are under pressure and, with the goals they conceded in their defeat by Bournemouth, they did not look like a team. So the Hammers have got to sort themselves out - I just don't think Anfield is the place to do it.

"Liverpool got a good point at Emirates Stadium on Monday, although they got away with another decision going their way when Aaron Ramsey's goal was wrongly ruled out for offside. I just don't see West Ham causing them too many problems, and this should be quite a comfortable win for Liverpool," he added.

Another defeat would heap more pressure on Bilic, but few are expecting West Ham to win, considering their injury woes. A loss wouldn't be catastrophic for Bilic, but fans want to see that he has the ability to rectify West Ham's problems, which were so glaringly obvious against Bournemouth.

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