Paul Merson: Why Man City trip is a ‘nice game’ for Liverpool
Paul Merson says nobody expects Liverpool to beat Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening
Paul Merson is backing Manchester City to secure a 2-0 victory over Liverpool in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash at The Etihad.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men head into the game as the Premier League leaders, level on points with second-placed Arsenal after 12 games.
City were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Aston Villa in their most recent top flight outing before the international break.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are searching for their second win under new manager Jurgen Klopp after their surprise 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield two weeks ago.
However, former Arsenal star Merson is tipping City to secure a comfortable win over the Reds at Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
Merson told Sky Sports: “I think it’s a nice game for Liverpool, because nobody expects them to win. They went to Chelsea and won, then lost at home to Palace – it’s obvious there’s a lot of work to be done and Jurgen Klopp knows that.
“Man City are top of the league even without Sergio Aguero and David Silva in recent weeks. I think they win this game 2-0. They’ve coped quite well without Aguero, even though Wilfried Bony has been relatively quiet.
“In the future it is something they need to address, but it is hard. When you have all that money and you go out and attempt to buy someone, whoever they go out and buy is not going to play as much as they want.
“If you go out and pay £50m for a top centre-forward, will they want to go to Man City and not get a game?”
Liverpool head into the game in 10th place in the Premier League table, having taken 17 points from their opening 12 top-flight games.
City, meanwhile, have won six of their last 10 Premier League games, losing two and drawing two.