Merson destroys claim Man City could still have better season than Liverpool

Paul Merson has completely dismissed any notion that Manchester City can still have a better season than Liverpool if they win every trophy on offer but finish second in the Premier League.

Speaking on The Debate, Merson feels winning the Premier League over a 38-game season is a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League, and feels the domestic cup competitions come down to fortune and squad size.

With Liverpool 22 points clear and on their way to a first top-flight title in 30 years, Manchester City are in a good position going into their Champions League last-16 second leg having beaten Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu, and secured the first domestic silverware of the season in the form of the Carabao Cup on Sunday.

Merson said: “Man City can still have a better season than Liverpool? They can’t. They can’t. Liverpool haven’t won the league for 30 years. That’s a feat to go and win it.

“When you win the Premier League, it’s 38 games, week in, week out. You turn up, you grind it. Sometimes you get beat, but you have to turn up again and keep on grinding out results.

“Liverpool won the Champions League losing more games than they did in the Premier League last season! How does that work?! That tells you everything. The Premier League is the ultimate, week in, week out.

“Man City win the Carabao Cup because their squad is massive and they have two teams. The FA Cup is won by the draw; the team don’t win the FA Cup, the draw does.



“Of course the Premier League is bigger than the Champions League. Much bigger! I’d rather win the Premier League, every day of the week. In the group stage you only have to win three games and draw one.

“Real Madrid? They’re not the team they used to be. As a professional footballer, over the grind of a season, for me winning the league over a 38-game season is the ultimate.

“You can lose around a third of your games in the Champions League and still win it!”

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