There is no denying that sometimes pundits can show instances of favouritism towards their former clubs.
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville looks heartbroken when Manchester United pick up a defeat, BT’s Steven Gerrard likewise when it comes to Liverpool, but when it comes to one pundit in particular – it appears he believes his old club are simply unbeatable on domestic terms.
Mark Lawrenson, who was part of the famous Liverpool side of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and with whom he won five league titles and a European cup – now works for the BBC, making his score predictions for each round of Premier League fixtures weekly over the past few seasons.
However, quite remarkably – the former Ireland international has not predicted a single Liverpool loss in the league since the last day of the 2015-16 season, when the Reds drew 1-1 away to West Brom ahead of facing Sevilla in the Europa League final a few days later.
By Lawrenson’s expectations, Jurgen Klopp’s side should currently be on a remarkable 70-game unbeaten run.
Mark Lawrenson hasn’t predicted a Liverpool loss in the league since the final day of the 2015/16 season. This means, in Mark’s alternative universe, Liverpool are on a 70-match unbeaten run. #nobias
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) March 30, 2018
In reality, Liverpool have since lost 10 games in the Premier League, six in the 2016/17 season as well as four so far this campaign – coming at the hands of Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Swansea City.
While Lawrenson clearly believes that his old club should be up at the top of the table with high-flying City, some would disagree with his predictions for this weekends round of ties, in which he expects Liverpool to drop points at home to Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw – a result which would add one or two question marks over their ability to finish in the top four and secure UEFA Champions League qualification.
Lawrenson also predicted a comfortable 2-0 win for Chelsea at home to Tottenham on Sunday, as well as wins for City, United and West Ham among others.
While his status as an Anfield legend must be respected, his predictions – maybe not so much.
Liverpool might be on fire up front at present, but there is still no sign of a 70-game unbeaten run coming any time soon.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena