Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham v Liverpool, poses question about Christian Benteke

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Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool will beat West Ham 2-0 today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Liverpool will beat West Ham United 2-0 at Upton Park this afternoon.

West Ham had gone eight games without a victory before beating Southampton 2-1 on Monday evening, with Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll hitting second half goals to give Slaven Bilic's men a much-needed three points.

Much of the Hammers' problems have been down to the recent injury crisis, though that is now starting to ease up, with Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet both expected to play some part against Liverpool today, which would give West Ham a vital boost in the final third.

Opponents Liverpool won their two games over Christmas, beating both Liverpool and Sunderland 1-0 as Jurgen Klopp's men begin to gather steam again after three games without a win.

Christian Benteke hit the winner in both of those games, and is likely to start against West Ham despite Mark Lawrenson's doubts about the Belgian.

The pundit told BBC Sport that he thinks Liverpool will win the game 2-0, but asked what Klopp can do with Benteke, suggesting that the German will have to keep starting his expensive striker if he continues to score goals, despite believing that Liverpool need a more mobile front man.

"West Ham beat Southampton on Monday after five successive draws," said Lawrenson. "The goals have dried up since the start for the season, but I think they have done really well just to keep their ducks in a row amid injuries to attackers Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho," he added.

"Liverpool look more of a threat away from home at the moment. They are creating so many chances on the road but Christian Benteke - who has scored the matchwinner in their last two games - is a dilemma for Jurgen Klopp. The Belgian is scoring goals, but I think Klopp would prefer someone more mobile for his system. While he is their main striker and putting the chances away though, what do you do?" he added.

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