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Paul Merson

Former Arsenal midfielder and current pundit for Sky Sports, Paul Merson, has stated that Liverpool are favourites for the clash against Manchester United. The Englishman wrote for his column at Sky and revealed that the Red Devils would not be able to “live” with the attacking talent Liverpool have.

Merson even backed the Reds to win the clash 3-1 even though United have won the last two meetings between the sides in the Premier League. The Reds did defeat them in the Europa League over two legs and Klopp will expect a similar performance on Monday.

The 48-year-old Merson, who won the old English first division twice with Arsenal, also stated that Jose Mourinho did not know his best team yet.

“I don’t think Man Utd will be able to live with Liverpool’s attacking players and if the hosts start quickly they will have too much at Anfield.”

Merson also believed that there was a huge gap in terms of quality between the United players and the other teams in the Premier League.

“This is a huge game for Man Utd, though, because I’m predicting Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham all to win, and the gap could grow quickly.

“All the top teams are capable of stringing six wins together so you don’t want to be playing catch-up this early.

“I’m not sure Jose Mourinho knows his best team yet and he needs to get that sorted. They played well for 20 minutes against Stoke, but for a large part of that game they didn’t look like scoring.”

Manchester United will struggle in the game

With Liverpool playing a great brand of football based on relentless counterattacking and pressing, Manchester United could have trouble dealing with the Reds. The Manchester side also faced a lot of trouble in the first half against Manchester City and ultimately lost the game 2-1.

“Considering the way Liverpool press high, I think Man Utd will struggle to open the game up,” added the former Arsenal man.

Liverpool have had the tougher round of fixtures in the Premier League but have dispatched sides such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester. The only blip was the loss against Burnley but the Reds have shown they can deal with such results as they bounced back to defeat Swansea last week.

The Reds are just a couple of points behind Manchester City who are at the top of the table. Manchester United are placed sixth in the table and are a further three points behind Liverpool.

The Monday night fixture is set to be a real tactical battle between Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp and if Liverpool seriously feels as contenders for the Premier League title, this is another chance to show their abilities.

United have been struggling of late but they will always be up for a game against the Reds. And it would not be a surprise if Jose does pack his defence tight and tries to stifle Liverpool’s game to clinch a point.

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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.

The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.

Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.

Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.

Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.

Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.

James Milner scores for Liverpool against Arsenal

In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.

The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.

The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.

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“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is one of the biggest stars in football. The Egyptian has grown in stature since his move to Liverpool from AS Roma last season, and helped Liverpool to a Champions League final too.

The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.

The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.

The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.

Read more: Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham



Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.

The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.

The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.

Read more: “Start him every match” – Some Liverpool fans want star to start every game after impressing against Fulham

Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.

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