Mark Lawrenson lauds 'brilliant' Leeds United and makes Liverpool score prediction

Leeds United will look to take their momentum from last weekend's shock 2-1 win over Manchester City into next Monday's game, when they host Liverpool at Elland Road.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:33 am

Writing in his weekly predictions piece for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson turned his attention to the Whites' big game against the Reds, and backed the Premier League champions to pick up a narrow 2-1 win.

Justifying his prediction, the former Liverpool star said: “This was one heck of a game at Anfield at the start of the season, when Liverpool won 4-3.

“We could be in for another cracker here, too. Leeds come into the game fresh from beating Manchester City and, although Liverpool got knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, they looked sharp against Real Madrid.

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Mark Lawrenson lauds 'brilliant' Leeds United and makes Liverpool score  prediction

“The Reds created some good early chances, and played well, certainly in the first half. Real kept them a little bit at arms length after the break.”

He concluded: “I can see Liverpool getting some opportunities on Monday too, but Leeds will too. Marcelo Bielsa's side have had a brilliant season, and it's such a shame so few people have got to go to any of their games.

A win for the Whites could see them move as high as eighth in the table, with the possibility of Europa League qualification still on the horizon should Leeds finish the campaign strongly.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s game, Bielsa informed the YEP that both Raphinha and Rodrigo are doubtful for the clash, while Adam Forshaw will feature for the U23s against Aston Villa this evening as he continues he recovery from a long-term hip problem.