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Liverpool won’t be caught if they beat Man City, says Paul Merson

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Paul Merson has said in his Sky Sports column that he doesn’t think Manchester City will be able to catch Liverpool if the Reds win at Anfield on Sunday.

What did he say?

Jurgen Klopp’s side currently lead the table by six points, with the Citizens second. A victory for the Merseyside club when the two meet at the weekend would mean that the home team would be nine clear after 12 games.

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Should that happen, the 51-year-old former Arsenal midfielder thinks it will be too much for Pep Guardiola and co to claw back.

He explained: “Liverpool and Manchester City were both on the floor against Aston Villa and Southampton but yet again they found the answer. Both clubs are relentless in their pursuit of the title but I don’t see a way back for City if Liverpool win on Super Sunday.

“Liverpool will move nine points clear with a win at Anfield and, as we saw at Villa Park, they simply don’t know how to lose, so I just don’t where they would lose three matches to let City back in.”

City the masters of the comeback

On paper, it would appear to be a huge task for City to pull back nine points on their rivals. However, history tells us that the champions excel in such a position.

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Last season, they were seven points behind the Reds with just 18 games left when the two met at the Etihad Stadium on January 3rd. City would prevail 2-1 in that match, but the gap would go out to five again before Vincent Kompany went on to lift the title come the season end in May.

In the 2011/12 season, they pulled off an even better comeback. With just six games remaining, they trailed Manchester United by a huge eight points. However, they stayed alive and took the title race to final day. Sergio Aguero scored in the final minute against QPR and the rest, as they say, is history.

Therefore, a nine-point gap with 26 matches left will not faze City in the slightest. Yes, this Liverpool side is special, as they have shown by winning 10 and drawing one of their first 11 games of the Premier League campaign, but there is still a long way to go, and we still don’t know whether the Reds will be able to hold their nerve should they have a large advantage.

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The last thing they can afford to do is be as complacent and dismissive of City’s ability to turn things round as Paul Merson has been here.

As we have seen down the years, anything can happen in English football’s top tier, as these two sides know only too well.

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