Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Liverpool will record a massive win over Manchester City at the weekend and feels they are the team getting “stronger and stronger’”.
The two top teams in England right now clash at Anfield on Sunday in a pivotal match before the international break.
Liverpool were narrowly pipped to the top-flight crown last season by City, but will be hoping for revenge this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are currently top of the division with 31 points from 11 games, while second-placed City are six point adrift of them as it stands.
It would be huge for the Reds to move nine points clear with a win at the weekend, but there is a reason that Pep Guardiola’s side are in the hunt for a third consecutive league title.
BBC pundit and ex-Liverpool defender Lawrenson has predicted his former side will win 2-0 at the weekend.
“I think Liverpool will win the league this year and they have shown us why in the past few weeks. If anyone gives them a problem they just seem to know how to solve it,” Lawrenson wrote for BBC Sport.
“The little things are going against Pep Guardiola’s side, and some very small cracks are starting to appear, while Liverpool just seem to get stronger and stronger.
“City did a good job of stopping Liverpool playing the last time they came to Anfield, a 0-0 draw in October 2018, and I cannot see them coming out and playing really open this time either. Liverpool go nine points clear if they win, which is a lot. That is what I think will happen too.”
Liverpool may be slight favourites going into the weekend’s clash given the home advantage and they are unbeaten this season, while City haven’t quite been at their sharpest and have lost twice in the league already.
But Klopp’s team don’t need reminding that they let a lead over City slip last season and know they are going to have to reach new heights to claim the title.
There are going to be a number of key individual battles all over the park and it would not be a surprise to see the attackers come out on top for both teams.
They are the two clubs miles above the rest in the Premier League right now, but the game is bigger for City as falling nine points behind would be a disaster even in November.