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Paul Merson cuts Liverpool ‘hype’ to shreds, with damning verdict on trophy battle with Man City

Paul Merson Sky Sports pundit - pic via Sky Sports

Paul Merson has claimed that Manchester City will not be jealous of Liverpool’s potential cup treble if they win the Premier League title.

Both sides have continued to set the standard with fantastic and consistent performances all season. Liverpool are subsequently chasing a quadruple, but both sides could now share the spoils.

Indeed, City exited the Carabao Cup early on, before Liverpool triumphed at Wembley in February. The two sides met at Wembley again in the FA Cup semi-finals, with the Reds going on to win the competition.

Liverpool and City would also have met in the Champions League final without Real Madrid’s astonishing comeback. Nevertheless, City have a one-point advantage over their rivals in the Premier League title race.

And Merson has insisted that the league is the “ultimate” prize that City will be more than happy at winning.

“Pep Guardiola is still the manager of the year if Manchester City win the title – and it’s harder now than when Manchester United were doing it,” the pundit wrote in his Daily Star column.

“The Premier League is the ultimate. It’s 38 games in the hardest competition in the world. If you win it, you are the best. Jurgen Klopp has done an absolutely phenomenal job at Liverpool this season but if he doesn’t win the league he isn’t manager of the year for me.”

Merson added that Liverpool “were put in a Champions League group they could have walked through” against AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Porto.

The Reds won all six group games, while City won five out of six against Club Brugge, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain.

The pundit also noted that Liverpool won both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup on penalties and that they “didn’t win the games”.

On the flipside, he lauded “exceptional” City for “churning out titles” and going “deep in every tournament too”.

“If you think City should be disappointed somehow if they only win the league and Liverpool win a treble, you’d be wrong. I don’t see that at all,” he added.

Merson on Man City, Liverpool battle

Naby Keita and Phil Foden, Liverpool vs Man City

And Merson reiterated his point that he would rather win the Premier League than the Champions League.

“Don’t buy into all this hype about the Champions League,” he said. “That’s just about egos. You could lose more games in that than you do all season in the Premier League and still win it!”

However, he lauded “phenomenal” Liverpool for taking the Premier League title race to the final day and eyeing a treble.

To win the title, Liverpool have to beat Wolves on Sunday and hope City drop points against Aston Villa.

Enjoy the consistency from both

Liverpool and City have proved they are two of the best teams in the Premier League’s history.

Not only have they been the sole contenders to clinch top spot, but they have been so far above the rest for some time.

What’s more, they have set new standards for the points tally needed to win the league.

City’s 100 points will take some beating and only Guardiola or Klopp look like they could do that as it stands.

In 2018/19, both sides finished on 98 and 97 points, with City nicking it.

And this term, if both sides win their final games, it will be 93 to 92 in City’s favour.

Still, Liverpool’s potential lack of winners medals on Sunday should not entirely starve them of praise.