By Amir Mir
Liverpool would finish joint top in Mark Lawrenson’s final predicted Premier League table.
The former Reds centre-back regularly predicts the outcome of midweek and weekend fixtures for BBC Sports.
Ahead of the final match of the season, Lawrenson has backed Jurgen Klopp’s side to beat Middlesbrough 2-0 on Sunday and secure Champions League football.
The most shocking aspect of Lawrenson’s predictions is not Liverpool finishing joint top but the Merseyside club going unbeaten throughout the season.
Only one team in Premier League history has gone unbeaten and that was Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side from 2003/04.
Added to that, comparing this Liverpool team to their rivals many would consider the starting XI’s of the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham to be much stronger.
Not only that, throughout the season, Klopp’s team were showing signs of struggle, particularly, against the so-called lesser sides.
They suffered defeats against the likes of Burnley, Bournemouth, Hull, Swansea and Crystal Palace – yet Lawrenson continued to back them to pick up at least a point.
Other signs that Liverpool were prone to suffering a defeat was their inability to defend, they have conceded 42 goals this term, the most from those teams currently sitting in the top four.
Lawrenson backed his former club to win 27 of their 38 league matches, with 11 draws and 92 points to their name.
In reality, they are currently sitting in fourth place in the table, with 21 wins, ten draws and six defeats to their name.
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