‘No chance’ – Merson dashes ‘ruthless’ Liverpool claim, says Man Utd have upper hand

Date published: Friday 22nd October 2021 9:53 - Jonny Whitfield

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson during Leeds vs Liverpool, September 2021

Paul Merson believes that Liverpool will do well to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the type of game which will suit the hosts.

The two arch-rivals come into Sunday’s Premier League clash in vastly different circumstances. While the Reds are in red-hot form following a strong start to the season, United have endured a run of criticism.

They may have come from behind to beat Atalanta on Wednesday, but Gary Neville has voiced concerns about his former side when out of possession.

Indeed, he looked to Liverpool for a perfect example of how a team should work without the ball.

Following a landmark win at Atletico Madrid, they therefore look the favourites to win on Sunday.

But Merson has insisted that the pattern of the game will “suit” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more.

“You look at Manchester United versus Liverpool and, on current form, you fear for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side,” the pundit told Sky Sports. “But this is why we love the Premier League because you just know it’s not going to be like that.

“There’s absolutely no chance Liverpool will wipe the floor with Manchester United at Old Trafford, there will be a game because this is the game.

“If United lose to Liverpool that’s it, I cannot see how Solskjaer stays in the long-term.”

He added: “Liverpool will go to Old Trafford in confident mood, but I don’t care what anybody says, this is still a hard game.

“Forget about what’s happened in recent weeks at Manchester United, they turn up at certain times, we saw it last season at the Etihad.

“They will sit back, let Liverpool have the ball, wait for the counter-attack and, in a way, that will suit them.”


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Nevertheless, Merson did admit that Jurgen Klopp’s men look “ruthless” with the ball too. Mohamed Salah has netted 12 goals in 11 games, while Sadio Mane looks somewhere back to his best.

Roberto Firmino has also found a goalscoring touch of late and hit a hat-trick against Watford.

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Mohamed Salah, Danny Rose, Watford v Liverpool Premier League

“Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are back to where they were, they are unplayable,” Merson said.

“They can blitz teams and score three or four goals in 20 minutes. It was a hallmark from their title-winning season, and they have got that back.

“Their movement, their pace, their skill – everything is top-drawer. They are back to being the best front three in the world of football again.”

Liverpool have scored at least two goals in all of their last nine matches.

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