Date: 16th October 2016 at 9:38am
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Ex-Reds centre-back Mark Lawrenson previews the upcoming Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United…

Throughout the 2016/17 campaign former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is again sharing his thoughts and predictions on Premier League fixtures with the BBC.

As in previous years, we will be filtering Lawro’s ramblings each week to bring you his views on games involving Liverpool.

Monday sees two of the game’s leading managers clash in the latest instalment of the country’s biggest rivalry.

Here’s what Lawro has to say about the game in full…

“Liverpool have made a very good start to the season, and their home form is particularly impressive.

“They have only played Leicester and Hull at Anfield so far, but they have scored a total of nine goals and really swept both teams away.

“It will be interesting to see how Manchester United cope with the Reds’ gegenpressing because I think Liverpool have been the best team in the league without the ball this season – they are as good when they don’t have possession as they are when they do.

“I think United will struggle to deal with that. Quite often with these big games I go for a draw but on this occasion I fancy Liverpool.

“I just think at the moment, with the way they are playing, with their pace and the speed of their passing, the Reds will have the edge.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Lawro’s Opponent
Each week Lawro invites a famous guest to give their predictions before seeing who guesses the most scores correctly.

This time it’s the turn of politician and current Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ed Balls.

“I fancy Liverpool at home,” summarised the former shadow chancellor.

His prediction: 3-1

About This Former LFC Player
Mark Lawrenson joined Liverpool from Brighton & Hove Albion for a then club record £900k in the summer of 1981. The Republic of Ireland international centre-back soon struck up a formidable partnership with Alan Hansen after injury to club stalwart Phil Thompson. After 332 appearances, Lawrenson left the club in 1989 and after a season playing in the American Soccer League went on to manage Oxford United and Peterborough United. During his time at Anfield, ‘Lawro’ won 5 league titles, 3 League Cups, a European Cup and an FA Cup.

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