Merson predicts level-pegging in Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have experienced difficult starts to 2017, with the Gunners falling out of the Premier League title race and facing another imminent exit from the Champions League, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s side have remarkably won just two of 12 matches across all competitions.

This weekend the two giants of English football come face-to-face at Anfield in a match that could have a drastic impact on the race for the top-four, as defeat for either side could see them drop as low as sixth in the standings.

With so few games remaining, neither side can afford a slip-up and former Arsenal defender Paul Merson believes the game will have plenty of goals in it. However, when making his predictions for Sky Sports, he conceded that he feels the game will end level.

“I could not believe how bad Liverpool were on Monday. They were terrible. You’d expect them not to be as bad again with Arsenal in town, but I am struggling to predict a winner in this game so that’s why I’m going for a 2-2 draw.”

“There will be plenty of goals because both sides will go gung-ho. Arsenal just need to stay in the game in the first 20 minutes and if they can do that they will have an excellent chance of getting a positive result.”

Liverpool and Arsenal’s short-comings in the Premier League this season is extremely different, with all five of Klopp’s defeats in the league coming against sides in the bottom-half of the table whilst Arsenal’s five losses have came against sides in the top-half.