‘The problem is’ – Merson claims Klopp ‘didn’t foresee’ one Liverpool issue, predicts loss vs Man City

Paul Merson has backed Manchester City to beat Liverpool this weekend and he has discussed the “problem” that Jurgen Klopp is having with Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool have endured some issues this season as they are already 14 points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Reds have picked up a positive result here and there but they have not yet found consistency with their showings.

They have a tough challenge this weekend as Man City will visit Anfield to face their league rivals. 

City are considered the favourite to pick up all three points on Sunday after their great start to the new campaign.

Arsenal are top but Man City remain unbeaten and it feels like only a matter of time before Pep Guardiola’s side take control of the title race.

Merson has backed City to win 3-1 this weekend and he has claimed that Darwin Nunez’s arrival makes it difficult to get the best out of Salah:

With Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez hitting form, the front three have suddenly come to life for Liverpool,” Merson told Sportskeeda.

“With Luis Diaz injured, however, someone will have to fill in on the left. It’s hard for players to play out of position in big games., but I don’t see how you can keep Nunez out of the side.

“If Firmino plays a slightly withdrawn role, Liverpool can play all four of their forwards.

“They had too many people up front against Arsenal, and someone needs to help out in midfield. When Firmino doesn’t start, four forwards in a line-up doesn’t work out very well for Liverpool.

“Liverpool were at their absolute best when Salah could make his runs inside. The problem now is that he can’t do that anymore with Nunez occupying that space up front and might need to change his game.

“Klopp didn’t foresee this problem, and will need to find a way around it – it’s just a little blip for the side. Joe Gomez was all over the place at full-back against Arsenal as well, and can’t see anything but a struggle against Foden and Grealish this weekend.

“Erling Haaland will be up against Virgil van Dijk this weekend, and I think the latter will find it a little difficult against the Premier League’s leading goalscorer. This will be an interesting challenge for both players.

“Liverpool have been so spoiled by brilliance over the years that a couple of players being out of form has caused mayhem. Yesterday’s result will make a difference for Liverpool, and Mohamed Salah will be a completely different player this weekend.

“Do I see Liverpool winning? No. They’re still letting in too many goals. Manchester City have got Haaland and will still win a lot of games this season. I don’t see how Liverpool are going to stop them from scoring at least two goals this weekend.”

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