Date: 13th December 2016 at 1:43pm
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By Harvey Byrne

Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 victory for Liverpool against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The former Reds defender believes that Boro pose little threat going forward with their highly defensive tactic.

The stats would back this up and the north east club boast the joint fifth best defensive record in the league from their 16th placed position.

However, they have scored the least amount of goals in the league with 13 strikes from their 15 matches.

Lawrenson believes the match could have a similar feel to the Burnley defeat earlier in the campaign, but thinks Liverpool will win.

“Middlesbrough just do not come out and attack teams when they play at home,” wrote Lawrenson for BBC Sport.

“It’s more than them just being well organised – it is amazing how disciplined they are and how they keep their shape, especially their three midfielders.

“The downside of that is that Boro do not pose much of an attacking threat.

“Liverpool usually do, but they were off the boil a bit in their draw against West Ham on Sunday.

“The Reds were guilty of over-playing at times, and trying to walk the ball into the net. They need to start shooting more from outside the area.

“This game will probably be a lot like their defeat at Burnley at the start of the season when they had lots of the ball. Again, the outcome here depends on what they can do with it.”

Liverpool would appear to be the polar opposites to Middlesbrough with the second worst defence in the league’s top 10, while boasting the best attack in the top flight.

They will be aiming to put a few goals past Boro after winning just one of their last four matches in the Premier League.

The recent form has seen them drop to fourth, three points from Arsenal in second and six away from league leaders Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are going through some poor form themselves with just one victory from their last five encounters.

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