Mark Lawrenson believes Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea team will provide a tough early-season test for defending champions Liverpool.
Lawrenson told BBC: “Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a Chelsea vs Liverpool: Mark Lawrenson gives his prediction win over Brighton while Liverpool’s performance against Leeds was a bit patchier, but with the same result.
“You wouldn’t call it a mediocre display by the Reds, because their forwards got four goals, but it was the first time for a while that they weren’t joined up from front to back.
“The defence was all over the place and yet the front three were excellent.
“It’s nothing to worry about as a one off, though, and in terms of joining things up Thiago Alcantara’s arrival from Bayern Munich will strengthen their midfield. He is an upgrade on Georginio Wijnaldum, put it that way.”
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1