Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Man City

The Liverpool FC legend is backing the Reds to secure a positive result against Manchester City at The Etihad on Thursday night

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Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to secure a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.

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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