Date: 30th December 2016 at 12:57pm
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By Dominic Toner

Mark Lawrenson has predicted Liverpool and Manchester City will draw in their Premier League meeting, with Yaya Toure playing a big role in the game.

The Merseyside club host Man City on Saturday at Anfield and both sides are competing for the title this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side completed a convincing 4-1 victory against Stoke in their last game and are six points behind league leaders Chelsea in second.

Meanwhile, Man City broke a stubborn defence against Hull in the second-half to eventually win 3-0 and Toure opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

BBC pundit Lawrenson feels that Toure will once again be a crucial player and has backed both teams to match up evenly.

“Yaya Toure is one of those big players who has hit some form and I think he will play a big part for them (Man City) at Anfield,” Lawrenson wrote in his BBC Sport’s column. “I am going for a draw. We know how good Liverpool are going forward, but I think City will pose a threat too.”

Lawrenson has tipped the two title contenders to play out a 1-1 draw.

Toure has endured a mixed season for Man City and was publicly frozen out of the first-team by manager Pep Guardiola during the early stages.

The central midfielder earned his first Premier League appearance of the campaign in November and has put in several quality performances since.

The 33-year-old has scored three goals since his return to the side and is playing a crucial role in their title pursuit.

Liverpool’s defenders Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren will be extremely wary of the attacking threat from Toure, with Joel Matip ruled out of the match.

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