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Paul Merson issues Liverpool warning and highlights ‘big week’ title race could be over



Paul Merson has explained why he does not believe Liverpool are the favourites for the Premier League title.

The Reds claimed a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the current standings. Jurgen Klopp’s side now stand five points clear ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Liverpool are not back in league action until January 31, when they host Chelsea at Anfield. That will be followed by an away trip to Arsenal a few days later, on February 4 at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite having a five-point cushion at the top of the table, Merson has sent a warning to Liverpool about their upcoming fixtures. The former Arsenal star believes that the next two games for the Reds could lead to the end of their title challenge if results don’t go their way.

“I’ve always said Liverpool will be there at the end of the season,” he told Sky Sports. “They just have loads of forwards – five of them in fact – and they all score goals. You see Darwin Nunez missing loads of chances – I would rather have a forward missing loads than one who looks like he’s never going to get one.

“Luis Diaz, Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota – bar Mohamed Salah there’s not a lot between them. So they’ve always got someone – that’s a massive advantage for them.”


Merson then added: “I won’t say Liverpool are title favourites though. City can just churn, churn and churn out wins. They can go 10 games without losing, easily. Look at them now, they’ve won eight out of their last nine matches [in all competitions].”


“The difference between City, Liverpool and Arsenal is City can go for 10 wins in a row and nobody will pay any attention to it. If Liverpool and Arsenal do it, it’s a big thing.

“And it could all be over for Liverpool in the title race in one week. They play Chelsea at home – you have no idea which Chelsea is going to turn up.

“They can play, so that’s a hard game. Then they go Arsenal away, and if it goes like the way the FA Cup game went then Arsenal will win that game. Before you know it, it’s all over for Liverpool.”

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