Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Manchester City

A general view from the newly built stand at Liverpool football club's Anfield Stadium

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool and Manchester City to draw 1-1 this afternoon.

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

Liverpool head into tonight's game having beaten Stoke City 4-1 on Tuesday evening, which was a third win in a row for Jurgen Klopp's side.

The Reds remain six points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, but are right in the mix for the title, or at least a Champions League spot, with Klopp's men impressing – particularly going forward.

A general view from the newly built stand at Liverpool football club's Anfield StadiumA general view from the newly built stand at Anfield Stadium

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho remains out of action through injury, but Klopp will call upon attacking trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi for goals, whilst ex-City ace James Milner will be hoping to impress against his former club.

Visitors City beat Hull City 3-0 on Boxing Day to also make it three wins in a row, having previously beaten Watford and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's men are on the road again tonight though, and know what they will go above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League table if they can claim all three points against the Reds.

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Liverpool beat City 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, as Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino all struck, but pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks the two teams will draw 1-1 this time.

Lawrenson – a former Liverpool defender – suggested that City have big game players like Yaya Toure who can make a real impact, but their defensive frailties mean that Liverpool should find the net, and he's backing a draw, which neither side want as they look to chase down Chelsea.

“I always feel with Manchester City going into games like this that their big players will produce,” said Lawrenson. “Yaya Toure is one of those big players who has hit some form and I think he will play a big part for them at Anfield.”

“I still think City will concede, because I cannot see them keeping a clean sheet against Liverpool no matter whether they play with four at the back - which seems to work best for them - or three. So I am going for a draw. We know how good Liverpool are going forward, but I think City will pose a threat too,” he added.

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