By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has backed Liverpool to beat Hull 3-0 on Saturday, but expressed his worry that Jurgen Klopp’s side “struggle” against the so-called lesser teams in the Premier League.
The Merseyside club have registered wins at Arsenal, Chelsea and at home to Premier League champions Leicester this season, but their only defeat came against newly-promoted Burnley.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes Premier League new boys Hull will make it difficult for Klopp’s side, but stated that the Reds must become consistent performers against the weaker sides.
“Hull will go to Anfield and try to make it difficult,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “They got another good result at Stoke in the EFL Cup, although I’m not sure they needed that with the squad they’ve got.
“For Liverpool, these are the games that worry me. The players get up for the big matches against Arsenal, Chelsea and the rest, but they have struggled to put away some of the so-called lesser teams.
“Liverpool need to become consistent performers against teams like Hull and if they can win on Saturday, I think they will be a major threat this season.
“They win by a good margin if their attitude is right and if they play their best then Mike Phelan’s side won’t be able to get near them.”
Klopp’s men are in sixth position in the league with ten points after their opening five games, with points accumulated against Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester and Chelsea.
The German will now prepare for a visit from a Hull side who have picked up seven points from their five league fixtures, despite being tipped as early relegation favourites.
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