Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to hold Liverpool FC to a 1-1 draw on Sunday evening.
The Merseyside outfit will look to protect their 16-game unbeaten run when Jose Mourinho’s side make the short trip to Anfield.
Liverpool FC haven’t beaten Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League since the Portuguese head coach took charge of the Red Devils in May 2016.
Mourinho has managed to successfully park the bus in goalless stalemates with Liverpool FC at Anfield in 2016 and 2017.
Perhaps surprisingly given Manchester United’s decline in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Liverpool FC have failed to beat their bitter rivals in their last eight league games.
The 20-time English champions have only managed to win one of their last five games on the road in the Premier League.
Manchester United suffered a 2-1 loss to Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night after Liverpool FC secured their place in the last-16 draw thanks to a 1-0 win over Napoli.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Klopp’s men will have to settle for a point against their bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday evening.
“The way Liverpool are playing and winning at the moment means everyone is expecting them to beat United, but they have really struggled to get past them at Anfield when Mourinho has been in charge,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“United may not be firing on all cylinders but they are dogged and determined – and they have already picked up a couple of excellent results on the road at Chelsea and Juventus this season.
“So, we know United are capable of producing a decent performance, and we also know that it tends to happen when they are playing a team that is better than them.
“That is Sunday’s scenario, and I am expecting Mourinho to set his side up to frustrate Liverpool and pinch a point.”
Liverpool FC are looking to win their first Premier League title after failing to get their hands on the trophy since the division’s inception in 1992.
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