Paul Merson states his prediction for Liverpool v West Brom
Paul Merson is tipping Liverpool to seal a narrow victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday
Paul Merson is tipping Liverpool to edge to a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are bidding to return to winning ways in the top flight after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to Newcastle United last weekend.
The Merseyside outfit played out a goalless draw with FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday night as they booked their place in the last 32 as group winners.
Liverpool head into Sunday’s clash with West Brom at Anfield in eighth place in the Premier League table and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
And former Arsenal man Merson feels that Liverpool will have just too much for the visitors on Sunday.
Merson told Sky Sports: “Surely Liverpool can’t win the title? On Sunday at Newcastle they were atrocious.
“Jurgen Klopp left Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge out against Newcastle, and stuck Lucas and Joe Allen in midfield. Benteke was strolling around looking like he was still playing for Villa.
“I can’t see them winning the title, but I’ll go for them to win this one narrowly. I think they find it hard to break down teams at home.
“West Brom have finally started looking like a Tony Pulis team in recent weeks, nearly a year after he took over. It isn’t brilliant to watch but Pulis will keep them in the league, and you really have to stay in the top flight this year.
“I dread to think what’s going to happen in January, because people can’t stick, they have to twist. With the amount of money coming in next year, you have to be playing in the Premier League.”
Liverpool are now bracing themselves for a hectic festive schedule, with games against Watford, Sunderland, West Ham, Leicester and Stoke looming large.
The Reds will discover their opponents in the last 32 of the Europa League when the draw is made on Monday.