Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool vs Chelsea

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Liverpool will face Chelsea in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of the match, Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 1-1 draw between the two sides.

Both teams have won their first two matches without conceding a goal, and today’s clash could be an epic encounter.

Chelsea, who won 1-0 against the Reds at Anfield in their previous meeting, have bolstered their attacking department this summer with the club-record signing of Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium striker wasted no time settling in at the London club, scoring the opening goal against Arsenal in the last game.

Lawrenson predicts it will be a fascinating contest between Lukaku and Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk, who missed almost the entire season with an injury, has returned to the side fully fit and has been back to his influential best.

He will be tasked with nullifying Lukaku’s threat but will not find it easy against the in-form Belgium international.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “This will be a very tight game and Chelsea are strong defensively too, but the Blues will take a draw now.

“We won’t get open football because you don’t want to give anything away.

“It is still early in the season but, if Chelsea win at Anfield, it is a massive statement.”

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