Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Everton
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night
Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The Reds will be looking to secure a fifth successive Premier League victory to cement their place at the top of the table heading into the hectic festive schedule.
Liverpool FC battled to a narrow 2-1 victory over Brighton at Anfield on Saturday thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s double before Alisson Becker was sent off in the second half.
The Reds haven’t lost a Premier League game so far this season and they’ll be desperate to preserve that record against their bitter rivals Everton in midweek.
The Toffees were denied a point at the King Power Stadium on Sunday evening after title challengers Leicester City scored a last-gasp winner.
Former Reds defender Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Everton at Anfield in the derby clash.
“Everton boss Marco Silva’s future is still in doubt, but I thought his side were much better against Leicester on Sunday, despite their late defeat,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“So he has not lost the dressing room, because there is nothing wrong with the way his team is playing for him. What Silva is lacking is a striker – a goalscorer.
“There are still ways for the Toffees to hurt Liverpool though. One worry for Reds fans here is that Alisson is suspended so Adrian will fill in in goal
“I think Everton will be very direct and looking to test Adrian from corners and free-kicks, because at set-pieces I think he looks vulnerable.
“I still expect Liverpool to win, but I am not expecting it to be easy for them.
“When you look at where both teams are, then of course Liverpool are the overwhelming favourites, but this is the derby and it is always tricky – whichever way you are looking at it.”
Liverpool FC are sitting eight points clear of second-placed Leicester City in the Premier League title race.
The Reds will make the trip to Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.
Liverpool FC haven’t ever won the Premier League title but have finished in second place in 2002, 2009, 2014 and 2018.
The Merseyside outfit won the Champions League crown last season thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over Spurs in the Madrid showpiece.