By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson has predicted a stalemate in Liverpool’s upcoming match against Manchester United and feels that Jurgen Klopp may take a risk over the fitness of Joel Matip.
Liverpool travel to United on Sunday for a Premier League clash and will look to end a run of three games without a win.
Klopp’s side suffered a 2-2 draw with Sunderland in their last league game, before a goalless draw with Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round, and a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Wednesday in the EFL Cup.
BBC pundit Lawrenson believes that Liverpool face a huge game against United and claims that defender Matip may start even if he is not fully fit.
“Klopp has some big decisions to make over the fitness of some of his players,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sport website. “If Joel Matip is 75% fit I think Klopp will be tempted to play him, especially if Jordan Henderson is not quite ready.
“This is a massive game for both teams and I think it will end up with a point apiece.”
Lawrenson has tipped a 1-1 scoreline in the clash between the title rivals.
Matip has been sidelined through injury recently, but trained alongside team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson ahead of the United game.
The centre-back has not featured in the Premier League since 11 December against West Ham, but could be forced back quicker.
Liverpool’s defender Ragnar Klavan was criticised for his mistake in the defeat to Southampton and Klopp could turn to his preferred pairing of Matip and Dejan Lovren.
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