Paul Merson: Liverpool have no-one to hurt average Man United

Paul Merson says Manchester United have been a 'lucky team' in recent weeks

Liverpool don’t have the quality to hurt Manchester United’s average defence, according to Paul Merson.

The Reds are expected to start veteran England striker Rickie Lambert up front at Old Trafford in the absence of injured duo Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge.

And former Arsenal midfielder Merson reckons Brendan Rodgers needs to sign a striker in the mould of Aston Villa star Christian Benteke in January.

“Liverpool on the other hand haven’t got anything up front and that’s the problem. Who’s going to hurt United’s average defence? I just don’t see Liverpool hurting them,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I know Suarez has gone but Liverpool need to forget about him, it’s Daniel Sturridge they’re missing, unbelievably. Their one good game this season was against Spurs and it’s no surprise that Daniel Sturridge played. He’s got pace, he’s a top player and he petrifies defenders.”

Merson continued: “When he plays it gives Henderson and Gerrard time on the ball, but when they haven’t got that pace everything just slows down.

“They are struggling badly and if they don’t get him back quickly they need to buy big in January – someone like Benteke who is willing to go beyond defenders.”

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