Chelsea vs Liverpool: Mark Lawrenson shares his prediction

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Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction for Tuesday’s FA Cup game between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

“I don’t think Klopp will play as many kids this time – after Dejan Lovren’s performance at the back at the weekend I would definitely be playing him, because he looked unbelievably rusty,” Lawrenson told BBC.

“The bench from Saturday will probably play, so I would expect to see Adrian, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi for starters.

“You will see young players like Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams, who featured against Everton in the third round, here again too but as part of what will be a pretty strong team.

“I am not sure how Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will approach this tie, though.

“His priority surely has to be a top-four finish and the Champions League, because next summer is going to be a big one for their recruitment, and they probably need to be in it to attract the players they want.

“So this tie is hard to call, but I have a feeling it will go the distance. It has to be decided on the night and I think it will end in a shootout, which Liverpool will win.”

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