Arsenal legend Paul Merson says he will be “shocked” if Manchester City manage to win their game against Liverpool on Thursday.
Merson predicts a 1-3 win to Liverpool against City at the Etihad. Merson believes that Liverpool’s attack will be simply too strong for City’s defence.
Merson told Sky Sports: “This might sound silly, but I’d be shocked if Manchester City won this game. I’d be shocked. I just can’t see how they can stop Liverpool from scoring goals. As the game goes on, I just don’t see how Liverpool don’t go on to win it.
“My only question of Liverpool would be how they play it. Do they go out and think that if they draw they’ve probably taken Manchester City out of the equation? Or do they go for the jugular and win the Premier League on Thursday night?
“If Liverpool lose the game, it’s majorly game on because it’s about how they react after, too, and they wouldn’t be invincible any more, they wouldn’t be quite as good as they thought they were. But I can’t see them not getting anything.
“City look all over the place at the back. I don’t really see their shape. They’re great on the ball, but they close down quickly for so long and then drop off and if they do that against Liverpool and they get through one line, they’ve got too much pace for City to deal with.
“As the game goes on, City get more open and they’ve struggled with clean sheets recently. Even when they’re 1-0 up and cruising against Southampton, and it’s a walk in the park, Charlie Austin’s through one-on-one and that could change it. They could have had a penalty against them too, I’ve seen lesser penalties given.
“Man City have spent millions and millions of pounds, they’re buying full-backs for £50m to play just when they need them to play. You can’t be spending that kind of money and be 10 points behind before the FA Cup third round.
“Win the game and go four behind and I think it’s game on, it’s what everyone will be hoping for unless you’re a Liverpool fan… Well, you feel sorry for the Manchester United fans too, what do they want?! Really they needed Tottenham to beat Wolves!”