Lawrenson is predicting a 2-0 win for Arsenal this weekend but is significantly predicting Liverpool will drop points against West Ham, as he believes the Reds will be held to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.
A trip to West Ham, a team Liverpool have not beaten in their last five meetings and who effectively ended Tottenham's title challenge a week ago, poses another challenge for them.
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. But because we really needed him, we made a plan for him to play as much as possible. "It is not the name we bring on the pitch, it is the player, the human being, in this specific shape", he said. "Against Arsenal (on Wednesday) they were very open so I am not sure why they did this favour to Arsenal?"
Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic hopes his team will get a good game as they seek to climb up the Premier League table.
Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva are both doubts for Liverpool because of muscle problems.
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But he is on big money at Anfield - about £140,000 a week - and I can see West Ham signing him only if Andy Carroll leaves the club. They are third, a point and a place above Manchester City, having played a game more. The rest do not win all the time but we always feel under pressure.
Stewart has failed to make a real impact on the first team at Anfield, and his playing time has been mainly limited to cup matches.
"The players we are talking to, that's how it is". "I don't know what the reasons were before for his absence, but this has nothing to do with lifestyle or not being committed enough". That is good. So far it's been hard because you can't start a player then have to think after 40 minutes 'so we have to change? We played against Crystal Palace and we lost.
Worryingly for Liverpool, they have struggled against the league's lesser sides this season.
Betis decided to make a managerial change in the wake of Monday's 4-0 defeat at struggling Leganes - the club's third successive loss and sixth in eight matches.