Paul Merson: My take on Liverpool FC in the title race

The Arsenal legend believes Jurgen Klopp is starting to panic about Liverpool FC's fading title challenge

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Paul Merson believes Jurgen Klopp is starting to panic as Liverpool FC continue to stutter in the Premier League title race.

The Merseyside outfit have drawn four of their last seven Premier League games to squander their advantage over Manchester City at the top of the table.

Liverpool FC played out a goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday as Mohamed Salah wasted the visitors’ best opportunities to beat Jordan Pickford.

Klopp opted to bring on James Milner and Adam Lallana in the second half, despite having the likes of Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge on the bench.

Liverpool FC have played out a goalless draws with bitter rivals Manchester United and Everton in their last two away games in the Premier League.

Manchester City are a point ahead of Liverpool FC after the defending champions were 1-0 winners against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last weekend.

And former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes that Klopp is showing signs of panicking in the Premier League title race with nine games to go.

“Jurgen Klopp is panicking,” Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“Getting uptight in his press conference about Manchester City… don’t worry about Man City, just concentrate on what you’re doing.

“Panic is setting in, as shown by his substitutions, bringing on Adam Lallana for Sadio Mane – you’ve got to win that game.

“Everton were never going to win the game – they had settled for a point. James Milner coming on… I like him, but you’ve got to win the game.

“You’ve got Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri on the bench. I’ve been a manager myself and sometimes you sit there after a game and think ‘I shouldn’t have done that’.”

Liverpool FC have never won the Premier League title but have finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

The Reds haven’t lifted the top-flight crown since 1990.

Liverpool FC will host Burnley in their next Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday.

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