The Reds are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and seven points ahead of Manchester City ahead of their top of the table clash to finish off a hectic festive schedule.
Liverpool FC were 5-1 winners against Arsenal last weekend to cement top spot thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Merseyside outfit haven’t lost a Premier League game so far and have collected 54 points from a possible 60.
Defending champions Manchester City were close to inflicting a first defeat upon Liverpool FC in their meeting at Anfield in October but Riyad Mahrez missed a late spot kick.
The Citizens have gone on to lose to Chelsea FC, Leicester City and Crystal Palace over the past month to give Liverpool FC the chance to build a substantial lead.
Klopp’s side travel to The Etihad knowing that a point would represent a good result and maintain their seven-point lead over Manchester City ahead of a kind run of fixtures.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing the Merseyside outfit to draw 1-1 with Manchester City at The Etihad on Thursday night.
“Super Thursday!” Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport. “It’s a massive fixture.
“Because it’s Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side will need to win. The Reds, on the other hand, will be happy with either one of two results – the win or draw.
“Of course, they won’t play for the draw, but a point will make City’s attempt to close the seven-point gap a lot more difficult.
“It’ll not be an end-to-end encounter – it’ll be cagey. It’ll be very different to some of last season’s clashes between the sides, but similar to their first meeting this season when there were relatively few chances during the 0-0 draw.
“Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will want his potent forward line to get a few opportunities, but if you’re either side would you go gung-ho knowing you leave yourself open to the counter-attack?
“These two teams will have massive respect for each other’s attack, and because of that I think this will be a stalemate.
“A 1-1 scoreline will be a far better for Liverpool – privately Klopp will be thinking his team will have a better chance of winning the league if they don’t get beaten.”
Liverpool FC have never won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
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