Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man United v Liverpool FC
The Liverpool FC legend is tipping Jurgen Klopp's men to secure a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool FC and Manchester United will settle for a 1-1 stalemate at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds will make the short trip to their bitter rivals looking to secure a fourth successive Premier League win to hoist themselves above second-placed Manchester United.
Liverpool FC moved into second place last weekend thanks to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Anfield before Nemanja Matic scored a dramatic winner in a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace to help Manchester United move ahead of their north west rivals last Monday.
The Reds were held to a frustrating goalless draw with a negative Manchester United side at Anfield back in October after Jose Mourinho adopted a conservative approach to the clash between the bitter Premier League rivals.
Jurgen Klopp has drawn all three of his games against Manchester United since taking over the reins from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Klopp’s men to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off.
“United will be buoyed by two consecutive comebacks to beat Chelsea and Crystal Palace – which will be absolutely fantastic for their confidence,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Liverpool are flying too, and they are level with Manchester City and Tottenham at the top of the form table with 13 points from their past five games.
“You occasionally get a high-scoring game when these two meet – I remember Liverpool winning 4-1 at Old Trafford in 2009 when Fernando Torres gave Nemanja Vidic the run-around.
“But I don’t think we will see anything like that on Saturday, because there is very little between the two teams.
“I think we are looking at a 1-1 draw and that is a result they would both take too.
“Yes, it means that they both drop points and the teams outside the top four can close the gap, but they both have a bit of a cushion between them and Chelsea in fifth place.”
Liverpool FC are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games to build a seven-point gap over fifth-placed Chelsea FC with nine games to go.