Sky Sports pundit and ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson has said he thinks that Liverpool will beat Premiership champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Both sides have been in European action this week, with City losing 2-1 at home to Barcelona on Tuesday and the Reds going down 1-0 to Besiktas forty-eight hours later.
And Merson feels that it will be Brendan Rodgers side who come out on top of the clash that both teams desperately need to win to keep their Premiership ambitions on track.
City need the victory to secure three points that will take them to just two behind leaders Chelsea, who face Spurs in the League Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds need the win to keep the pressure up on fourth placed Manchester United, who are just two points ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ side after they lost 2-1 to a Jonjo Shelvey inspired Swansea City last weekend.
Liverpool haven’t lost in ten Premiership games, while City have only been beaten once in the same period – a 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal. So the form of the two sides is good going into the crunch lunchtime clash.
And Merson believes that the spoils will stay on Merseyside with a home win for Liverpool.
“I am just going for Liverpool here.” he said.
“They have really picked up of late, while Brendan Rodgers has rested a couple of players for the trip to Besiktas in Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, and for me this game on Sunday is bigger than the Besiktas match.
“Getting beaten by Barcelona on Tuesday will have really knocked the stuffing out of City. And I think that Liverpool are at home and are on a right roll at the moment, so I see them winning this game 2-1.” he predicted.
Any Liverpool fan would gladly take that scoreline.