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Lawrenson prediction

Sheffield United head to Anfield this evening looking to kick-start their season after a poor start.

While the Reds will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League after being held by Everton last weekend.

And ahead of the game, here is how Mark Lawrenson sees the game going.

“With Virgil van Dijk injured, Fabinho played well at centre-back against Ajax on Wednesday night but I think it will be harder for him if he stands in again there on Saturday,” he told BBC Sport.

“Fabinho will be fine in open play, it is from set-pieces where I’d worry about him. Van Dijk was such a massive influence when it came to defending corners and free-kicks – he basically had a magnet on his head.

“Sheffield United will be trying to test Liverpool in those situations, especially with Adrian in goal.

“So, I’d back the Blades to score at Anfield and, although I’d back Liverpool to score more, I just think it will be a bit tight.”

Prediction: Liverpool 2 Sheffield United 1

Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson
Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson