Paul Merson states his prediction for West Brom v Liverpool

The former Arsenal midfielder is backing West Brom to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson believes Liverpool will drop points at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds are in third place in the Premier League table and six points ahead of Manchester United in fifth spot in the race to secure a place in next season’s Champions League competition.

Liverpool were forced to come from behind at the Britannia Stadium last weekend after goals from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino sealed a 2-1 win against Stoke City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League since a 2-0 loss to Hull City at the KC Stadium on 4 February.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Liverpool’s trip to West Brom on Sunday afternoon, former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Klopp’s side to draw 1-1 at The Hawthorns.

“West Brom have set themselves a certain points target and done brilliantly. They probably don’t want to finish too high because it puts the pressure on next season,” Merson said.

“The Southampton result was disappointing but I think they get something from Liverpool, who will be thinking they have to win.

“The Reds did very well to come back against Stoke and Simon Mignolet made some super saves but this is a tough one.”

MORE: Latest Liverpool FC news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to West Brom.

The Baggies are in eighth place and 18 points adrift of Liverpool in third spot.

Klopp signed seven players in the summer transfer window last term.

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker reacts to Man United’s dramatic 1-0 win over West Ham
Gossip
Thomas Tuchel
‘I cannot say no to it’: Thomas Tuchel hints at least one Chelsea FC signing this month
Gary Neville
‘Absolutely wonderful’: Gary Neville salutes Chelsea FC star during 2-0 win over Tottenham
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand salutes Man United star Marcus Rashford after 1-0 win over West Ham
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker reacts to Man United’s dramatic 1-0 win over West Ham
Gossip
Thomas Tuchel
‘I cannot say no to it’: Thomas Tuchel hints at least one Chelsea FC signing this month
Gary Neville
‘Absolutely wonderful’: Gary Neville salutes Chelsea FC star during 2-0 win over Tottenham
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand salutes Man United star Marcus Rashford after 1-0 win over West Ham
Michael Owen
Michael Owen predicts Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature