Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Newcastle, comments on Benitez's Anfield return

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Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool will beat Newcastle 2-0.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Liverpool will beat relegation-threatened Newcastle United 2-0 at Anfield this afternoon.

The Reds have been in sensational form of late, with six wins in their last eight Premier League games, including the 4-0 midweek win over Merseyside rivals Everton.

With a remarkable Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund too, Jurgen Klopp appears to be building something great at Anfield, and he will be hoping for another win as his side take on Newcastle United this afternoon.

The Magpies are struggling in the relegation zone, but a 3-0 win over Swansea City and a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the last seven days have given Newcastle renewed hope of beating the drop.

Now just two points adrift of safety, Rafael Benitez is making positive steps at St. James' Park, but today he faces a daunting task as he returns to Anfield.

The Spaniard, 56, spent six years in charge of Liverpool between 2004 and 2010, winning the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006 to become something of an Anfield hero.

Now with Benitez returning in search of three more vital points, former Liverpool defender and current pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks whilst Benitez will get a great reception upon his return to Anfield, Newcastle will be beaten 2-0.

"Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has had two decent results in the past week - a win over Swansea and a draw with Manchester City," said Lawrenson. "It looks like he has put a bit of resolve back in that team, but I am not sure he has got the players to go and get another positive result at Anfield."

"I don't see them getting much of the ball on Saturday, the way Liverpool are playing. The Reds are on a roll at the moment. Benitez will get a good reception of course, but I think that is all he will get," he added.

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