Paul Merson states his prediction for Burnley v Liverpool FC
The Arsenal legend is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a comfortable win against Burnley on Wednesday night
Paul Merson is backing Liverpool FC to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a win at Burnley on Wednesday night.
The Merseyside outfit secured a dramatic 1-0 win against Everton in the derby at Anfield on Sunday thanks to Divock Origi’s late goal.
The Belgium international came off the bench to score a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time to ensure Liverpool FC keep pace with Manchester City.
The Reds are two points behind the Premier League leaders but have a five-point advantage over their closest rivals Chelsea FC back in third.
Liverpool FC will face Burnley and Bournemouth in their next two Premier League fixtures before the visit of Manchester United on Sunday 16 December.
The Reds were 2-1 winners against Sean Dyche’s men in their last meeting at Turf Moor after Estonia international Ragnar Klavan netted a dramatic 90th-minute winner.
Liverpool FC will be hoping to wrap up three points before the close of the second half to avoid another tense ending after Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Liverpool FC will notch up a 2-0 win against Burnley on Wednesday night.
“It could have gone either way for Liverpool against Everton but they found a way to win,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“In the end it was a massive football result for Jurgen Klopp and his side. They are still behind City at the moment but who knows if we’ll look back at that result in six months time and say Pickford won Liverpool the league.
“I can’t see anything but a Liverpool win here. It’s a case of damage limitation for Burnley. It shocked me the other day when Jeff Stelling said on Soccer Saturday that Burnley were the favourites for relegation. However, when they go to Palace and get beat like they did it sort of makes sense.
“The other teams that are losing down the bottom look like they’ve got a bit about them. They look like they could nick a result here or there but you can’t say that about Burnley at the moment. They could have lost by eight, nine or 10 against Palace and didn’t have a shot on target.
“I worry for them but this is where they are. They are a bottom six team really who did great last season. Normally when you play Burnley you know you are in for a hard game but I just don’t see that at the moment. I see teams rolling them over and they are not being made to work hard for it at all, that’s the worry.
“They need to start watching the old videos and get back to the Burnley of last season because they were a good team.”
Liverpool FC are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time, having previously finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
Jurgen Klopp won the Bundesliga twice during his seven-year spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund.