Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Man City
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to win 2-0 against Manchester City on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson is backing league leaders Liverpool FC to ease to 2-0 win against defending champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are looking to open up a nine-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side by extending their 100 per cent record at Anfield in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool FC came from 1-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in their last home fixture courtesy of goals from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah at Anfield.
The Reds had to overturn a 1-0 deficit at Villa Park last weekend after Andy Robertson’s netted an 87th-minute header before Sadio Mane scored the winner in the fourth minute of added time.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in their opening 11 fixtures this term, including victories over Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Leicester City and Tottenham.
Manchester City have lost to Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Spurs managed to claim a 2-2 draw at The Etihad earlier this term.
BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Manchester City in their top of the table clash on Sunday.
“I think Liverpool will win the league this year and they have shown us why in the past few weeks,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“If anyone gives them a problem they just seem to know how to solve it.
“I just don’t think City are at the same high level as last season. Part of that is down to injuries but, even with largely the same players, there does not quite seem to be the same feel about the team.
“The little things are going against Pep Guardiola’s side, and some very small cracks are starting to appear, while Liverpool just seem to get stronger and stronger.
“City did a good job of stopping Liverpool playing the last time they came to Anfield, a 0-0 draw in October 2018, and I cannot see them coming out and playing really open this time either.
“Liverpool go nine points clear if they win, which is a lot. That is what I think will happen too.”
Liverpool FC have never won the Premier League title.
Klopp steered the Reds to Champions League title glory last season thanks to a 2-0 win against Tottenham.
Liverpool FC finished in second position last season but just a point adrift of Manchester City.