He won many honours with the Merseysiders and formed a defensive partnership with Alan Hansen that is still regarded as one of the best-ever in English club football.
'Lawro' was capped 39 times by the Republic of Ireland, before an Achilles injury brought his playing career to a premature end at the age of 30.
After hanging up his boots, he managed Oxford United and worked alongside Kevin Keegan as a defensive coach at Newcastle.
Lawrenson has been a regular BBC football pundit since 1997, often teaming up with old club-mate Hansen.
He will be on hand to watch the Republic bid for a spot in the latter stages of the 2002 World Cup finals in Korea and Japan.