Paul Merson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Cardiff
The Arsenal legend is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday
Paul Merson has warned Liverpool FC to expect a difficult game against Cardiff City on Saturday, but has backed the Anfield outfit to ease to a 2-0 win.
The Reds will welcome the promoted side to Anfield in pursuit of an eighth Premier League victory in the 2018-19 campaign to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Liverpool FC are level on points with defending Premier League champions Manchester City and two points ahead of the chasing pack, Chelsea FC, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Jurgen Klopp’s side can hoist themselves above Manchester City with a win over Cardiff ahead of the Citizens’ trip to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Monday night.
Liverpool FC have won three of their four Premier League fixtures at Anfield this season, only dropping points in a goalless draw with defending champions Manchester City.
The Merseyside outfit are unbeaten in 25 games in the Premier League at Anfield under Klopp, while Cardiff are still searching for their first win on the road this term.
While Merson doesn’t anticipate the Bluebirds being walkovers at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, former Arsenal star Merson believes the Merseyside outfit will edge to a 2-0 win.
“Cardiff will be looking to get out of Anfield without any injures,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“It’s a case of concentrating on their next game. However, Neil Warnock’s side are a threat from set-pieces and have it in them to frustrate Liverpool.”
He added: “These are the games where Liverpool can slip up, which is why Manchester City will win the league easily – they ease past these teams. Sometimes these games are a grind for Liverpool.
“They will win this one but Cardiff will make it difficult.”
Klopp could be without midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, who are both struggling with hamstring problems.
Liverpool FC have a great record against the Welsh side, having won their last four games against Cardiff.
The Merseyside outfit won home and away against Cardiff in the 2013-14 season when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge.
Klopp’s side are close to achieving a little bit of history as the current Liverpool FC team look to keep their 10th successive league clean sheet at Anfield this weekend to set a new club record.
Liverpool FC signed Brazil international Alisson Becker in a £67m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2018 summer transfer window.