Paul Merson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Fulham
The Arsenal legend believes Liverpool FC will beat Fulham by a landslide margin on Sunday
Paul Merson is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a resounding 5-0 win against Fulham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds have endured a difficult run of results to prompt some questions about their form this season, despite going 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League.
Liverpool FC suffered a humiliating 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in Serbia on Tuesday night, missing out on the chance to move three points clear of Napoli at the top of their group.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are top of their Champions League pool but only ahead of Napoli thanks to their superior goal difference, while Paris Saint-Germain are a point adrift of the Premier League outfit.
The Merseyside outfit have only managed to win two of their last five Premier League games following stalemates with Chelsea FC, Manchester City and Arsenal over the past month or so.
However, the visit of the Premier League’s basement club Fulham could be the perfect tonic for Liverpool FC, particularly Klopp’s misfiring attack.
The Cottagers have conceded 29 times in 11 games in the Premier League this season, averaging almost three goals a game to raise questions about their defence.
Klopp has won all eight of his home fixtures against promoted teams since taking over the reins of the club in October 2015, scoring 25 goals.
Former Arsenal playmaker Merson believes Liverpool FC will respond against the relegation candidates at Anfield on Sunday.
“If there was a round of Champions League games to follow this match Liverpool may have rested some players, but with this being the final game before the international break, they could run amok,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Fulham are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. They started the season scoring and letting goals in for fun, then they shut up shop at the back and never looked like scoring.
“They’ve got to get that balance right sooner rather than later, but you couldn’t have asked for a worse game than a trip to Anfield.
“This is the time where managers under pressure worry about the clubs using the two-week period to get someone else in. Slavisa Jokanovic will be worried, especially after losing at Huddersfield. It’s game like those that are Fulham’s bread and butter because they are not expected to beat sides in the top six. They are in trouble.”
Liverpool FC are unbeaten in their last 26 games in the Premier League at Anfield to build some momentum in front of their home supporters.
Fulham have only managed to net four times in their last 17 trips to Liverpool FC, while the Reds have won their last four Anfield meetings having scored 14 times.
Liverpool FC have only lost to Fulham at Anfield on one occasion – a 1-0 loss in May 2012.