Paul Merson predicts Liverpool clash against Stoke, states what is weird
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has predicted Liverpool to record a 1-1 draw against Stoke in their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.
Sky Sports pundit Merson labelled the Reds as “weird” for the manner in which they perform against the bigger teams compared to the so-called lesser sides.
Jurgen Klopp saw his team concede a late goal on Wednesday night at Anfield as they drew 2-2 with Bournemouth.
This comes after picking up wins against the likes of Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham in recent months.
However, they have suffered defeats against the so-called lesser sides throughout this campaign, losing to the likes of Swansea, Burnley and Bournemouth.
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Now, they will travel to Stoke looking to maintain their top four status and Merson offered his thoughts on the match.
“Liverpool are a weird team,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“When they come up against a big side you know what they’ll bring. They’ll come and fly at you and have a right go. Then, against the lesser teams, they just struggle.
“They just can’t afford any more of these draws if they want to get the top four, but Stoke were unlucky to lose in midweek at Burnley and I think they’ll get a draw here.”
At this moment in time, Liverpool are third in the table on 60 points from their 31 matches, six points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played two games less than their rivals.
The Gunners secured a much-needed three points at home to West Ham in midweek and they will be looking to close the gap on their rivals when they travel to Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Further dropped points by the Merseyside club could see their quest to finish in the Champions League places further dented with the Premier League season entering its final few months.
After this match, Klopp will prepare his team for a clash against Tony Pulis’ West Brom, who are sitting in the top half of the table.
In other Liverpool news, Gary Neville has predicted the club’s Premier League finish and compared them to Manchester United.