By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson expects Liverpool’s struggles against the lesser teams to continue against West Ham on Sunday.
Liverpool travel to the London Stadium looking to tighten their grip in the race to finish in the Premier League’s top four, but Merson reckons they will drop points in a score draw.
The Reds currently boast a four-point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s clash, but anything other than a win against West Ham could open the door to their rivals.
But Merson believes that Liverpool will need to find an answer to their recent hoodoo against the lesser teams if they are to push-on, with West Ham potentially set to throw another spanner in the works.
In his weekly column for Sky Sports, where he predicts the outcome of the latest Premier League fixtures, Merson said:
“It all depends on which West Ham turns up. Whether it’s the team from the last few months or the one who beat Tottenham last week.
“You just don’t know with Liverpool against so-called lesser teams. I would probably fancy them more if they were going to Man City.
“There’s something missing in these games and they need to sort that out if they want to push on.”
West Ham have endured an ultimately disappointing campaign this season, but enter the tie on the back of a win over high-flying Tottenham a week ago, and Liverpool should be wary of becoming the latest prized scalp.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw against Southampton last time out, but have been defeated just once in their last 10 league games, which bodes well for their pending top four fight.