Paul Merson says Liverpool will be particularly vulnerable against Palace on Saturday
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Paul Merson says Liverpool will be particularly vulnerable against Palace on Saturday

Pundit Paul Merson has suggested that Liverpool could prove to be particularly vulnerable in one part of their game when playing against Crystal Palace.

The Reds travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday to face Patrick Vieira’s side, who currently sit 12th in the league table – just six points above the relegation zone.

Writing in his Premier League predictions column for Sportskeeda, the former Arsenal hero claimed the Merseyside outfit will be in for a tough game against the Eagles.

“If you look at the way Liverpool were playing against Newcastle United last weekend, and you didn’t know Pope was shown a red card, you wouldn’t have been able to tell they were down to 10-men at times,” said Merson.

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“Suffice to say, Liverpool did struggle despite getting off to a flying start and playing more than 60 minutes against 10-men.

“Crystal Palace will sit back and hit Liverpool on the break. Palace’s players are not of Vinicius’ class but Liverpool will need to be wary of them.

“They’ve got pace down the flanks and those are the kind of teams that cause problems for Liverpool and if they can make the right decisions, Patrick Vieira’s men can get a result here.

“Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool.”

Merson predicts a draw

After their embarrassing 5-2 defeat to Real Madrid, Liverpool need to bounce back against Palace if they are to gain any momentum for a last-minute race for the top-four.

The Reds currently sit eighth in the table, having gained 35 points from 22 games played.

Tottenham have recently pushed up into fourth, with 42 points from 24 games played.

However, fifth placed Newcastle have a game in-hand over Antonio Conte’s side, and they are only behind by a single point.

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Therefore, Liverpool could be nine points behind the Champions League spots, but with two games to be played.

This means they could theatrically close the gap to just a single win, however, this is much easier said than done.

After an atrocious performance against Madrid, confidence will be low on Merseyside.

But that’s why it’s so imperative for the Reds to bounce back with a positive result on Saturday – Champions League qualification could be riding on it.

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