Mark Lawrenson states prediction for Everton v Liverpool

The former Liverpool defender is tipping the Merseyside derby to end in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Monday night

Mark Lawrenson believes the Merseyside derby will finish in a 1-1 draw between Everton and Liverpool on Monday night.

The Reds produced one of the best away performances in the Premier League this season on Wednesday night after Jurgen Klopp’s side silenced their critics with a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough.

Adam Lallana scored either side of half-time to put Liverpool in charge at the Riverside Stadium, while the England midfielder teed up Divock Origi for his fifth goal in successive games in all competitions.

Liverpool managed to hoist themselves into second place and above Arsenal on goal difference after Arsene Wenger witnessed his side’s 14-game unbeaten run come to an end at Goodison Park.

Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock on Merseyside on Tuesday night but Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman levelled before half-time and Ashley Williams headed a late winner to seal a 2-1 comeback win.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is tipping the Merseyside clubs to share the spoils in the derby at Goodison Park on Monday night.

“Anyone who has even been to a Merseyside derby under the lights will tell you it is always a fantastic atmosphere in the stands and a bit gladiatorial on the pitch, too,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Liverpool are always quick and close the opposition down. Well, on Monday, you have to feel Everton should do the same.

“There was a period in their win over Arsenal that Everton got a few big tackles in. That got the whole stadium going and from then on they were up and running.

“That will happen from the first second on Saturday, which is why referee Mike Dean could play as big a part as any of the players.”

Lawrenson added: “I think Dean is a very good referee but he has shown more red cards per game than any other official to be in charge of more than five Premier League matches this season, and how he handles those challenges – from both teams – will be a huge factor.

“These are always just absolutely mad games and, whoever is top or bottom, form has absolutely no bearing on the outcome.

“I am going to go with a draw, purely because I don’t know what is going to happen.”

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