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Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds vs Liverpool result

Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he does not see Leeds United struggling this season, but expects Liverpool to win when they meet at Elland Road this weekend.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have made a mixed start to the new campaign. They have battled back from behind to draw their last two games.

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But with Leeds still waiting for their first win in the league, there are a couple of concerns – particularly given who their next opponents are.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Yorkshire having taken seven points from their first three games. The only points they have dropped came against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

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Lawrenson has suggested that he is optimistic for Leeds over the course of the campaign. However, he backed the Reds to capitalise on their potential defensive frailty.

“Leeds have stuttered a little bit so far this season, but I think that’s all it is. I don’t see them struggling, put it that way,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 2-1 win for the visitors.

“There are still lots of positives about the way Marcelo Bielsa’s side play, but they are still easy to get at which is something I thought they would change.

“That hasn’t happened, which is why I am going with Liverpool. The Reds will get plenty of opportunities in front of goal.”

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There are currently doubts over three players who were called up by Brazil for this international break.

Liverpool could be without Alisson and Fabinho. Meanwhile, Leeds may be unable to call upon Raphinha.

Obviously, it does appear that the Reds would be worse off. Alisson is one of the world’s best goalkeepers. Meanwhile, Fabinho is integral in the middle of the park.

But Leeds not having Raphinha is a huge setback. He is arguably the most dangerous player in Bielsa’s squad.

It would be fascinating to see how their absences would impact the two sides.

But both Klopp and Bielsa will surely be hoping that an arrangement that allows them to feature is made between now and kick-off.

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