Paul Merson predicts a draw with Arsenal but says Jurgen Klopp won't be happy
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Paul Merson predicts a draw with Arsenal but says Jurgen Klopp won't be happy

Paul Merson has predicted a 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Arsenal but says Jurgen Klopp won’t be happy with anything less than 3 points.

Speaking to Sportskeeda, Merson said: “This is most definitely the game of the Premier League weekend and a big one for both teams. Liverpool are trying to win the league and have to bounce back from their defeat against West Ham.

“Arsenal, on the other hand, are flying a little bit and are on a run, but they won’t want to be billed as flat-track bullies. They need to get a result here against one of the best teams in the country and even if they don’t, there are ways to lose a football match.

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“I’ve said since the start of the season that if Arsenal keep their starting XI fit, they can get top four.

“Judging by the aspirations of the two clubs, a draw would be good for Arsenal, while Liverpool will be unhappy with it as they are trying to win the Premier League. However, I predict the two sides to share the spoils at Anfield.”

I can’t see anything other than a win for Liverpool and it all comes down to the hunger and mentality of this group of players which we have seen take them from seemingly unwinnable situations to making the impossible happen.

It’s the Liverpool way. The players, coaching staff and fans all know how important it is to get back to winning ways at Anfield on Saturday with Chelsea already four points ahead of them in the Premier League table.

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Letting that gap reach 7 points before December even starts would spell disaster for Liverpool’s title aspirations and not taking advantage of Chelsea drawing with Burnley was unforgivable.

West Ham are a good side and Arsenal are in good form but dropping 5 out of 6 points against two sides that Liverpool should be beating would suggest they aren’t title contenders this season.

More importantly, Liverpool need to take maximum points from their fixtures between now and the end of the year to ensure Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita can head off for AFCON knowing the Reds are in a strong enough position not to throw the title.

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