Despite Liverpool’s dominant performance against Manchester City on Sunday, Paul Merson reckons our defence will continue to let us down from now until the end of the season and we’ll just about scrape into the top four.
Baring in mind, this is the pundit who left Mo Salah out of his Premier League Team of the Season a few weeks ago, so what else should we expect?!
Merson was stating his opinion on Sky, interestingly suggesting Spurs would climb ahead of us, despite being three points behind at the moment.
Here’s Merson’s Top 6 and his reasons for why:
1st Manchester City, 2nd Manchester United, 3rd Tottenham, 4th Liverpool, 5th Chelsea, 6th Arsenal
At the moment I’m worried about Chelsea. They’re not scoring goals and they don’t even look like they’re going to. Michy Batshuayi looks like he’s on his way out so they’ll be down to one striker and Alvaro Morata is only going to get more tired as the season goes on.
The million dollar question is where Alexis Sanchez goes. If he goes to Chelsea they finish in the top four, no doubt. Manchester United are second for me based on them being favourites to sign Sanchez, which would make them a shoe in.
As great as Liverpool were on Sunday, we saw their Achilles heel at the end of the game, so the only two things I can be sure of is Manchester City finishing first and in sixth will be Arsenal, who are nowhere near good enough and are going to lose their best player.
If Malcolm is that great then PSG would sign him, but Arsene Wenger is sorted because he doesn’t have to sign a player to hit the ground running because he decides how long his contract is. They’re going to sign somebody who most people haven’t heard of for £40m, while letting one of the best players in the Premier League go.
In fairness, Liverpool fans would potentially take a guaranteed top four finish if it were offered to us, providing we do something fantastic in one of the cups.
Silverware would be wonderful and we’d take an FA Cup win, certainly, but think Jurgen Klopp’s side can go far in Europe too due to our style and the two-legged format.