‘Only one winner’: Paul Merson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Man City
Sky Sports legend Paul Merson believes Liverpool FC will win against Man City on Sunday if the Citizens allow the game to be open
Paul Merson says Liverpool FC will beat Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday if the defending champions allow the top of the table clash to be open.
The Reds are sitting six points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League following a run of 10 victories and one stalemate to make an unbeaten start to the 2019-20 campaign.
Liverpool FC left it late to secure three points at Villa Park last weekend after late goals from Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane secured a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
The Citizens found themselves trailing Southampton at The Etihad on Saturday before second-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker also secured a late comeback.
Although Manchester City have scored more goals than the league leaders this season, Pep Guardiola’s side have also conceded more goals than Liverpool FC.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Liverpool FC will beat Manchester City if the Citizens allow the Premier League clash to become end-to-end at Anfield.
“Liverpool and Manchester City were both on the floor against Aston Villa and Southampton but yet again they found the answer,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Both clubs are relentless in their pursuit of the title but I don’t see a way back for City if Liverpool win on Super Sunday.
“Liverpool will move nine points clear with a win at Anfield and, as we saw at Villa Park, they simply don’t know how to lose, so I just don’t where they would lose three matches to let City back in.”
Merson continued: “Sunday’s game could be a straight shootout, and whoever misses first will lose the game.
“I cannot see Manchester City keeping Liverpool out, and I cannot see Liverpool keeping Manchester City out. I cannot see anything but goals, there’s so much attacking talent on the pitch.
“If it’s end-to-end there’s only one winner in my opinion and that’s Liverpool, their front three will have too much for City’s current back four.
“Pep Guardiola is undoubtedly a great manager, but these are the kind of games where we really see what he’s made of.
“Opening up the game could be fatal, as Liverpool have proved in the past, so he may have to alter his principles slightly, sit back, contain Liverpool.
“City don’t have to win the match, it will be game on in the title race if they remain six points behind, but they cannot afford to lose.”
Liverpool FC finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and a point adrift of Manchester City despite losing once in the campaign.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but the Liverpool FC side have finished in second place in 2002, 2009, 2014 and 2018 under four different managers.