Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool v Man United

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Liverpool's showdown with Manchester United at Anfield on Monday

Mark Lawrenson is expecting Liverpool to claim a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League clash at Anfield on Monday night.

Liverpool head into the game looking to maintain their fine form after their 2-1 win over Swansea before the international break left Jurgen Klopp’s men in fourth place in the table and just two points off top spot.

The Reds are aiming to finish in the top four this season and have shown plenty of promise in the opening games of the season with victories over the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City.

Manchester United, meanwhile, head into the game on the back of their 1-1 draw with Stoke City and in sixth place in the Premier League table.

Jose Mourinho’s men have made a stuttering start to the campaign under their new manager as they look to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

Former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping the Reds to make home advantage count when they host United on Monday night at Anfield.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Liverpool have made a very good start to the season, and their home form is particularly impressive.

“They have only played Leicester and Hull at Anfield so far, but they have scored a total of nine goals and really swept both teams away.

“It will be interesting to see how Manchester United cope with the Reds’ gegenpressing because I think Liverpool have been the best team in the league without the ball this season – they are as good when they don’t have possession as they are when they do.

“I think United will struggle to deal with that. Quite often with these big games I go for a draw but on this occasion I fancy Liverpool.

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“I just think at the moment, with the way they are playing, with their pace and the speed of their passing, the Reds will have the edge.”

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