Mark Lawrenson explains how Pochettino has changed Tottenham, predicts result against Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson is predicting a draw when Liverpool host Tottenham.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will draw 1-1 at Anfield this evening.

After a two-week break due to international fixtures, the Premier League is back this weekend, and the biggest game appears to be between Liverpool and Tottenham.

Liverpool head into the game having somehow lost in their last game, as having been 2-0 up away at Southampton, the Reds collapsed in the second half and ultimately lost 3-2.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is still looking to put together a real consistent run of results, and he faces a tough challenge this evening when his side host title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs sit just five points behind league leaders Leicester City after a stunning season, and their English quartet of Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all starred for the Three Lions over the international break.

All four of those players, as well as other stars such as Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen, will be looking to pick up a huge win and put the pressure on Leicester, who face Southampton on Sunday.

Now, pundit and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks the game will finish 1-1, but praised Spurs boss Pochettino for his work at White Hart Lane, suggesting that Tottenham are no longer a pushover under the Argentinian, having previously been seen as a forgettable team on the road, according to Lawrenson.

"Liverpool's 3-2 defeat against Southampton after leading 2-0 pretty much summed up how things have been under Jurgen Klopp," said Lawrenson. "There is lots of promise and you can see green shoots of recovery and then something happens to make you go 'whoa, hold on a minute'."

"When I was a player in the 1980s, when Tottenham had to cross the Watford Gap you used to just forget about them - they used to get beaten a lot when they travelled north. There is no way you would describe them as soft touches on the road under Mauricio Pochettino, though."

"They have strength and steel as well as ability and I don't think they will come away from Anfield empty handed. Would a draw be enough for their title hopes? With Leicester playing on Sunday, I think they would take a point and see what happens. Pochettino is not going to go all out for a win because that would play into Liverpool's hands, and I think avoiding defeat will be his priority. If they don't win, then they are still in contention," he added.

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