Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool v Middlesbrough
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former Liverpool man Mark Lawrenson has predicted a comfortable victory for the Reds on the final day against Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon.
The Merseyside giants are currently preparing to host Boro at Anfield for the two sides’ last game of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
North east club Middlesbrough don’t have anything to play for and have already suffered relegation to the Championship as they sit 10 points adrift of safety.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are still at risk of dropping out of the Premier League’s top four and there is currently just one point between themselves and Arsenal in fifth.
Now, ex-Reds man Lawrenson believes that Jurgen Klopp’s side will step-up to the pressure of the occasion, expressing that “surely even they cannot slip up this time,” while also predicting a 2-0 win for the home team.
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“A win for Liverpool will secure a top-four finish and surely even they cannot slip up this time,” told Lawrenson to the BBC Sport website.
“It is all very well saying because Middlesbrough are down already, the pressure is off them and they can go to Anfield and play their football – well, I have not seen Boro play any for the past 37 games.
“One big effort from Liverpool will get them over the line, and there will be a good atmosphere which will help.
“It is a big game and if they are not revved up and they cannot beat Boro, then they do not deserve to be in the Champions League.”
Liverpool have claimed four wins in their last six league games alongside a draw and a defeat and they are heading into the season finale in good form.
They also managed a convincing 4-0 away win against West Ham last weekend and the club and fans will be hopeful of a similar scoreline at home against a Middlesbrough side who have won just one of their previous 21 Premier League matches.
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