Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool will lose for the first time in 160 games

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has predicted the Reds will lose to Manchester City – the first time he has tipped his old side to be beaten for 160 matches.

Lawro predicts the scores of every Premier League game in a feature for the BBC, but has resisted backing Liverpool to fall to defeat since May 2016.

On that day, the last of the 2015-16 season, he said West Brom would beat the Reds. The match finished 1-1 with Jordon Ibe cancelling out Salomon Rondon's opener.

But, ahead of Jurgen Klopp's side's trip to the Etihad on Sunday, Lawrenson reckons they will come out on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

He explained: "I know I never usually tip Liverpool to lose but I just feel like it is a massive game for both defences and this time it is the Reds who have the uncertainty at the back."

Despite his dubious confidence in his former club, Liverpool have only been beaten 16 times in the 159 matches since he last tipped a defeat.

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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"I only became aware of it a couple of seasons ago when people started giving me a bit of stick about it," he added.

"Since then, though, Liverpool have been absolutely outstanding and have hardly ever lost a real game either. So how good am I?

"Seriously, though, I don't go through my previous predictions for each team when I look at the fixtures each week.

"I don't pay any attention to the table based on my scores either, but the top teams often stay unbeaten because I don't tip them to lose many games – they don't, so why would I?"

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