BBC Sport pundit gives his prediction for Newcastle v Liverpool FC

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to keep alive their hopes of winning the title this season by claiming a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday night.

The Reds are currently second in the Premier League table and a point behind leaders Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp’s men need the Citizens to drop points in one of their two remaining games to have any hope of lifting the trophy.

Liverpool FC head into the game on the back of their disappointing 3-0 defeat by FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday night.

Klopp’s men will be looking to claim the three points ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Leicester City on Monday night at The Etihad.

And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Reds claim all three points at St James’ Park on Saturday night to continue to put pressure on Manchester City.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “We already know what Newcastle are like, and how difficult they make it when they face the top sides.

“When people talk about teams being organised, Newcastle are on that list and that is because they are a well-coached team and Benitez is an extremely good coach.

“It is as if every player on all of his teams has always known exactly what their role is, and what is expected of them.

“So this will be a tough game for Liverpool, because they will have to break Newcastle down.

“It might actually help that they lost 3-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, because it means they won’t have one eye on Tuesday’s second leg any more.

“It is not as if they got a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp and will be thinking ‘we’ve got a fantastic chance’.

“They will know they are outsiders in that tie now, and they have to focus fully on the Premier League, where any slip by Manchester City will let them in.”

Liverpool FC are still aiming to win their first ever major trophy since Klopp was appointed as the club’s new manager back in 2015.

The Reds reached the Champions League final last season but ended up losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the showpiece last summer.

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