Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Arsenal

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Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool will get a draw against Arsenal.

Mark Lawrenson and Phil Thompson have each predicted Liverpool and Arsenal will play out a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

The two teams clash at Anfield in one of two huge Premier League midweek games, with Leicester also visiting Tottenham at the same time.

Both ex-Reds believe Jurgen Klopp's side will avoid defeat, but not do enough to get the win they so desperately need, against league leaders Arsenal.

Lawrenson predicted a 1-1 draw, telling The BBC in his weekly predictions column: "I think Liverpool are better against teams who let them play a little bit, which is what Arsenal will do on Wednesday.

"I am going for another draw here, which will suit Arsenal. They just keep on rolling along, picking up points and that is all they need to do.

"Liverpool have got another big game on Sunday when Manchester United come to Anfield but winning them both is a big ask, just like a top-four finish is a long shot for Jurgen Klopp's side."

The two teams played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at The Emirates early in the season, with Petr Cech outstanding in denying Liverpool, who were managed by Brendan Rodgers.

New boss Jurgen Klopp has had mixed results against Arsenal with Borussia Dortmund, winning two and losing two in the Champions League from the club's last four meetings.

This time around he has a side badly hit by injury once again, as his Dortmund side were in their defeat at The Emirates last season, and may have to play emergency loan signing Steven Caulker in defence.

Phil Thompson is not worried, telling SkySports as part of their Super Six promotion: "Liverpool have their injury worries but will be up for this one," before also calling a 1-1 draw.

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