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13th Jan, 2017 | 2:47pm

Paul Merson makes bold claim about Liverpool ahead of Manchester United clash

By Amir Mir

Paul Merson has made a bold claim by stating that Liverpool will do a Manchester United and “sit back” during their clash at the weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s side recorded a 0-0 draw at Anfield during the reverse fixture in October with the away side taking a more defensive approach during the game.

The duo will now meet at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as United will look to claim three points against their rivals.

The win could see the Red Devils close the gap on Jurgen Klopp’s men to two points in the Premier League table.

Ahead of the mouth-watering match, former Arsenal player Merson had this to say about the match.

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“I think Liverpool might go the other way and do what Man United did in the first game,” Merson told Sky Sports News on Friday morning. “I think they will sit back, I just don’t see how they can open it up.

“If Martial or Rashford, if either one of them plays on the wing and they get time against Milner like we see Redmond give him a bit of a torrid time in midweek. They will cause problems.

“I think Liverpool will be the ones who will sit back and counter attack. At the moment with their defensive woes, I cannot see them living with United going forward.”

Klopp’s side are the highest goalscorers in the Premier League so far as they have netted an impressive 48 goals in 20 games.

By contrast, United have found the back of the net 31 times but they have a better defensive record than their north-west rivals by four goals.

The duo were in action during midweek as they participated in the EFL Cup semi-final matches.

Liverpool were beaten 1-0 at Southampton in the first leg, while United picked up a comfortable 2-0 win against Hull on home soil.

The win for United means they have won their last nine games in all competitions as they are also looking to secure seven consecutive league wins.

In other Liverpool news, this report details that the Reds have been handed a major boost ahead of the United clash.

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