Paul Merson states his prediction for Hull v Liverpool

Paul Merson looks ahead to Liverpool's Premier League clash with Hull City on Saturday afternoon

Paul Merson is tipping Hull to heap more frustration on Liverpool by holding the Reds to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

It has been a stuttering start to the year for the Reds, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Liverpool have managed to take just three points from their last four Premier League games and have not won in the top flight since their 1-0 victory over Manchester City on 31 December.

Hull were in impressive form as they held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

And former Arsenal star Merson is expecting to see Liverpool be frustrated by the Tigers this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “Hull have been playing well since the appointment of Marco Silva. They haven’t quite got all the results they wanted but they’ve been giving a decent account of themselves.

“The problem is the teams around them have been winning. Hull have had some difficult games but if they can get them out of the way, then there will be some winnable ones that follow.

“You don’t know what you are going to get with Liverpool. Because of the defeat to Swansea a couple of weeks ago they put themselves in the position where they needed to beat Chelsea. If they’d have beaten Swansea a draw would have been alright.

“The problem is Chelsea are running away with this because of their results against the sides outside the top six. From the 15 games they’ve played against sides outside the top six, they’ve picked up 14 wins and a draw.

“That’s incredible, and that’s why they are where they are. The other top six sides, including Liverpool, are dropping points against the so-called lesser teams. I see that continuing for Liverpool this weekend with Hull snatching a draw.”

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Jurgen Klopp has been tasked with steering Liverpool back into the Champions League after their eight-placed finish last season. The Reds are currently fourth in the Premier League table.

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