Paul Merson believes Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes are over if they fail to win away to Brighton on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are seeking a response at Falmer Stadium after suffering their first league defeat of the season against Manchester City before being knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves.
It marks the toughest test yet of the Reds’ resolve as they look to maintain their four point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the table.
Making his predictions for Sky Sports, Merson said: “This is the biggest game of the season for Liverpool, even bigger than the Manchester City game. They have to win this game, if they draw it will just be a disaster.”
“They could have been 10 points clear a week ago, if they fail to win at the Amex and City win, their lead could be down to two points. Psychologically that would be it. They have to win this game or they will not win the league.”
He added: “This is a really hard game for Liverpool, especially what they have been through the last few weeks, but I reckon they will hold their nerve.”
Klopp’s team selection at Molinuex on Monday underlined his unrivalled focus on pursuing perhaps the club’s best ever shot at Premier League glory.
Whilst dropping points with 16 games remaining won’t decide the title race, it would threaten a significant swing in momentum in favour of Liverpool’s rivals.
This is a chance for a depleted squad to flaunt its talent once more, for an ever-deadly front three to vent their frustration and for Klopp to turn consecutive defeats into nothing but a minor blip.