BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Manchester United

Mark Lawrenson thinks his former club Liverpool will draw 1-1 with Manchester United today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Liverpool and Manchester United will play out a 1-1 draw at Anfield this afternoon.

One of the biggest rivalries in English football is renewed again today, as United make the short trip to Merseyside to take on fierce enemies Liverpool.

The game between the two sides earlier this season ended in a 3-1 win for United, as Anthony Martial hit the headlines with a stunning goal on his Premier League debut for the Red Devils.

Today's meeting looks like being a closer battle, as United go into the game having won just one of their last eight Premier League matches under Louis van Gaal, with many criticising the Dutchman for his often dull brand of football, but he will be looking for a response after United gave up a late lead to draw 3-3 at Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Liverpool bizarrely also drew 3-3 in midweek, and after that incredible game with Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp will be looking to take three points in his first Liverpool-Manchester United derby.

Speaking to BBC Sport, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes that Klopp's pressing game means the Reds are wearing themselves out and tailing off in games, whilst he also expects United to play a counter-attacking style at Anfield, spearheaded by the rejuvenated Wayne Rooney.

Ultimately, Lawrenson has predicted a 1-1 draw today, in a result that won't really help either team in their pursuit of a Champions League place.

"Liverpool came back extremely well to draw with Arsenal on Wednesday," said Lawrenson. "I was at Anfield for BBC Radio 5 live and what was interesting was that Jurgen Klopp's side took the lead twice, and were really good for 25 minutes when they played their pressing game. But they cannot sustain that at such a high tempo for 90 minutes and, as we saw against the Gunners, when they tail off against a really good side, then the opposition come back into it."

"I don't see United playing as open as they did against Newcastle at Anfield, though. Louis van Gaal's side will come and sit and look to hit Liverpool on the break. Van Gaal is under a bit of pressure, but I don't think his side will lose. Everyone has been writing Wayne Rooney off but he has shown in the past three games that he is still the best player they have got, even if his legs are not what they were," he added.

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