Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season when they take on Chelsea this weekend.

Liverpool have won each of their five matches to date and are five points clear at the top of the table.

They take on a Chelsea side that have won just two of their matches and conceded as many as they have scored.

Frank Lampard could be without Mason Mount, who went off injured during Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Valencia.

And Lawrenson believes that will be key as he predicts a 2-0 win to his former side.

Writing for BBC Sport, Lawrenson predicted: “It doesn’t look like Mason Mount will be fit for Chelsea after he was injured in midweek, which does not help Frank Lampard’s side.

“Mount and the rest of the Blues’ youngsters have come in and done really well but Tuesday’s defeat by Valencia was another example of how they are up one minute, and down the next.

“You could argue that their win over Wolves last weekend was the best they have played over an entire game – in others they have only done well in parts – so consistency is something they are still searching for.

“Liverpool need to improve on their performance against Napoli but this is a good fixture for them to do it.

“When you go and play one of the other big boys, you know you need to concentrate fully.

“Their players will not need their manager to remind them that in this fixture last year, it took a late wonder goal from Daniel Sturridge to snatch a point – so they need to be at the top of their game.”

Chelsea could not bring any players in during the summer due to a transfer ban.

But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised the Blues ahead of the meeting.

The German said: “Chelsea had a couple of problems but they have sorted it well. I don’t think they expected [to lose to Valencia] but it’s Champions League and it can happen.

“It’s a really exciting team. It reminds me a little bit of my team at Dortmund a few years ago when they were really young.

“People always talked about how young they were but they only played because they were that good.”



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