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UCL Final: I’m Worried for Chelsea – Paul Merson
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UCL Final: I’m Worried for Chelsea – Paul Merson

  Arsenal legend, Paul Merson said he is ‘worried’ for Chelsea ahead of their Champions League final against Manchester City in Porto on Saturday. Chelsea have beaten Manchester City twice in the last six weeks but are still seen as outsiders going into Saturday’s showpiece. Chelsea beat Pep Guardiola’s side 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final and defeated them again in Premier League and yet Merson admits he is ‘worried’ for Thomas Tuchel’s side. “I’m worried for Chelsea after seeing them at Aston Villa in what was a must-win game for them,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They missed another load of chances and that’s a big concern. I know Chelsea have beaten Man City twice already this season, but I do worry for them in this one. “Let’s not get carried away, in the game at ...
FA Cup Final: Chelsea Could End up Without Trophy – Paul Merson
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FA Cup Final: Chelsea Could End up Without Trophy – Paul Merson

  Paul Merson has warned that Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side may end up without a silverware this season ahead of their FA Cup final clash against Leicester City. Merson said that Tuchel’s tinkering has handed Leicester City a huge advantage ahead of the Wembley showdown on Saturday. With one eye on the FA Cup final, Tuchel made seven changes to his team for the midweek Premier League clash with Arsenal. Chelsea lost the game and the German tactician admitted later that he had made a mistake in making so many changes to his regular starting XI. Going into the FA Cup final on Saturday, Merson warned that the Londoners could struggle to rediscover their rhythm on the big stage. “Chelsea go into the FA Cup final with everything up in the air again after what hap...
Champions League final: Tuchel Told not to Play Chelsea star Against Man City
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Champions League final: Tuchel Told not to Play Chelsea star Against Man City

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has told Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, not to play Timo Werner for the Blues’ Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29. Werner scored Chelsea’s opening goal in their 2-0 semi-final second-leg win against Real Madrid on Wednesday. But Merson wants Tuchel to instead feature Christian Pulisic against Man City because the American international is a better finisher and can cause Pep Guardiola’s men more problems. “Timo Werner scored a big goal for Chelsea against Real Madrid. But he shouldn’t play in the Champions League final,” Merson told Starsport. “Christian Pulisic should start against Manchester City – because he is a better finisher. “I’d be shocked if Pulisic doesn’t play. He can beat two or three players, and he’s better ...
UCL: Chelsea May end up Regretting Timo Werner’s Miss – Merson
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UCL: Chelsea May end up Regretting Timo Werner’s Miss – Merson

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson fears Chelsea may end up regretting Timo Werner’s shocking miss when they host Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, UCL, semi-final second-leg tie next Wednesday. Merson believes Chelsea deserved to take the win back to Stamford Bridge, but they only managed a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the first-leg in Spain last week. Christian Pulisic scored for Thomas Tuchel’s side, with Karim Benzema equalising for the Los Blancos, but Merson is obstinate Werner should also have been on the scoresheet for the Blues. Werner missed a glorious chance to score against the LaLiga champions when he fired a point-blank effort straight at Thibaut Courtois and Merson is concerned that moment may come back to haunt Chelsea in the second leg. “Chelsea...
Paul Merson Names Team to Finish in top four between Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham
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Paul Merson Names Team to Finish in top four between Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has named Liverpool as favourites to finish in the top four positions on the Premier League table ahead of the likes of West Ham and Chelsea this season. Merson stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with West Ham United on Saturday evening. Liverpool are currently in 6th position on the Premier League table with a point behind 4th place Chelsea and 5th place West Ham after 33 games. “Liverpool are looking like a threat again, and I think they might just sneak into the top four now,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They have a nice run of fixtures, and the clubs above them are struggling. I think Liverpool are back in it.” Merson added, “I did the West Ham against Newcastle game for Sky, and it couldn’t have been any more disastro...
Paul Merson Names Chelsea’s Most Important Player
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Paul Merson Names Chelsea’s Most Important Player

  Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has identified Mason Mount as Chelsea’s most important player. There were fears that the England International will lose his position to either Kai Havertz, Timo Werner when Chelsea brought them in from Germany during the transfer market last summer. However, Mason, Chelsea’s academy product, has proved to be a major player in the team and has cemented a regular playing time under Thomas Tuchel. And Paul Merson spoke highly of Mount and rates him better than Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. “Look how much money Chelsea spent on Kai Havertz and Timo Werner and they are nowhere near as important as Mount,” Merson wrote in his “He’s the go-to man now, and that’s phenomenal at his age. He carries the team. “The turn and shot for the goal...
Champions League: Tuchel told to Replace Werner with Aguero
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Champions League: Tuchel told to Replace Werner with Aguero

  Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has advised Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, to sign Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, to replace Timo Werner. Aguero will end his 10-year stay at the Etihad this summer and he is believed to be keen on remaining in the Premier League. Merson believes Aguero “ticks the box” for Tuchel’s Chelsea and says the 32-year-old can replace the struggling Werner. He told Sky Sports: “He [Sergio Aguero] ticks the box for me and the way Chelsea play – Chelsea are dominant in football matches, they dictate games and have a lot of possession, they play neat and tidy football around the box and they are looking for that little ball. While Merson doubts Werner will come good at Chelsea, he believes the club should be patient with fellow summer signing Ka...
This is the worst Arsenal team ever – Merson
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This is the worst Arsenal team ever – Merson

Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has labelled the current squad as the worst he has seen. The Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Liverpool last weekend, leaving them in 10th place in the league. Arsenal face Slavia Prague on Thursday night in the Europa League, knowing they must win, if they want to stand any chance of playing in the Champions League next season. But it has been a disappointing season for Mikel Arteta’s men, one that has left Merson shocked. “They’ve taken that chance now to be completely and utterly judged on five more football matches. What I watched against Liverpool the other day was as bad as I’ve ever seen. “People will say about the times under Unai Emery and at the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, but I never saw anything like that. “All I saw was rolling ...
Paul Merson Advises Arsenal on Signing Odegaard Permanently
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Paul Merson Advises Arsenal on Signing Odegaard Permanently

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson has advised the club on signing Real Madrid loanee, Martin Odegaard, on a permanent transfer. Merson said he would be ‘disappointed’ if Arsenal had not already made an offer to sign Odegaard permanently from Real Madrid. Odegaard has been impressive for Mikel Arteta’s side since joining the Gunners last January on a loan deal until the end of the season. “Martin Odegaard looks like a really good player and I hope Arsenal have a chance of signing him permanently,” Merson told Starsport. “Because if they don’t have a chance of making his loan permanent next season, why is he playing? If they know he doesn’t want to stay, he shouldn’t be playing because he’s taking opportunities away from people like Emile Smith Rowe. “So I hope Arsenal h...
Arsenal Hero, Paul Merson Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel
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Arsenal Hero, Paul Merson Exposes Chelsea’s Major ‘Problem’ Under Tuchel

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has exposed Chelsea’s major ‘problem’ under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. According to Merson, Chelsea’s midfield is a major ‘problem’ for Tuchel, adding that it is important for the Blues boss to find a solution before the end of the season. Chelsea have been impressive since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard last January. The Stamford Bridge club has won six games and drew three so far under the 47-year-old German, but Merson believes their main issue is the midfield. Merson told Sky Sports, “The problem is the midfield. Who’s got that defence-splitting pass? “When you play Chelsea, everyone’s behind the ball – even Manchester United, a top team, and they sat behind the ball, let’s be honest, and went from a base. “You’ve got N’Golo ...
Chelsea Will not Win Title With Giroud, Abraham as their Two Centre Forwards – Paul Merson
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Chelsea Will not Win Title With Giroud, Abraham as their Two Centre Forwards – Paul Merson

  Chelsea will not win the English Premier League title with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as their two centre forwards. This claim was made by Arsenal hero, Paul Merson. Merson said this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League home clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening at Stamford Bridge. “I have said all along that Chelsea are set up for three at the back. But it’s going to take a bit of time to get it right,” Merson wrote in his column for Daily Star. “And they are not going to win the league with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as their two centre forwards.” Chelsea are currently in the fifth position on the EPL log with 43 points after 25 games. The Blues have not lost a game since Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last January. They...
Paul Merson Explains Why Chelsea Will Fail to Secure Top-four Under Tuchel
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Paul Merson Explains Why Chelsea Will Fail to Secure Top-four Under Tuchel

  Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has explained why Chelsea will fail to secure a top-four position on the Premier League table this season under their manager, Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea are currently in the 5th position on the English Premier League table with two points behind fourth-place West Ham United and three points ahead of sixth-place Liverpool after 25 matches. But Merson feels Chelsea will miss out from the top-four this term because of their attacking limitations under Tuchel. According to him, Chelsea lacks the ability to blow teams away, adding that it will eventually cost them the top-four race. “Thomas Tuchel needs to get Mason Mount and Timo Werner playing closer together for Chelsea,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column. “There is too much goi...
Paul Merson Predicts Position Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Leicester City Will Finish
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Paul Merson Predicts Position Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Leicester City Will Finish

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has predicted the position Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Leicester City will finish this season. Manchester United are currently in the second position on the Premier League table with ten points behind league leaders Manchester City. Leicester City is in the third position ahead of West Ham (fourth) and Chelsea (fifth), while Liverpool occupies the sixth position on the log. Providing his prediction for the EPL top four this season, Merson told Sky Sports: “Man City are in, obviously – that is the easy part! Next, I have to stick with Manchester United and Leicester, who are a very good team. “The top three now will stay there, in my opinion. After that, this is so difficult. You know me, I don’t like to sit on the fence, bu...
EPL: Chelsea Told to Sign Haaland Ahead of Man Utd
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EPL: Chelsea Told to Sign Haaland Ahead of Man Utd

  Former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson, has told Chelsea to make a move for Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland. Haaland had drawn the interests of Chelsea, Man United and other top European clubs in the past, but Merson believes Chelsea need the 20-year-old more. Speaking with the Daily Star, Merson said, “Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most. “They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front, and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes. “And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age. I am not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play...
EPL: Tottenham, Worst Team to Watch in Premier League – Merson Mocks Mourinho
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EPL: Tottenham, Worst Team to Watch in Premier League – Merson Mocks Mourinho

Former Arsenal and England midfielder, Paul Merson has labelled Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham as the worst team to watch in the Premier League at the moment. Merson, a Sky Sports pundit stated this following Tottenham’s 1-0 home loss to Chelsea on Thursday. Mourinho’s side who occupied the Premier League top spot in December have rapidly fallen away and are now 14 points behind league leaders, Manchester City. The north London side is eight on the table and 7 points away from 4th place with the pressure cranking up on Mourinho. And Merson questions Mourinho’s style of play and whether the Portuguese gaffer can turn things around at the club. “Some Tottenham fans will see this, while some might think I’m being harsh, but Tottenham are the worst team in the Premier League to w...
Frank Lampard Deserved More Time As Chelsea Manager – Paul Merson
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Frank Lampard Deserved More Time As Chelsea Manager – Paul Merson

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson provides his reaction to the news that Chelsea have sacked head coach Frank Lampard after a run of five defeats from eight Premier League games... As a Chelsea fan, I find it a bit disappointing decision. You have to give Frank Lampard a chance. He pulled up trees last season to get them in the Champions League, and they are still in the competition this season. They have had a bad run. They've brought in a lot of players and Lampard is working with the best group of players he's worked with, but most of them play in the same position. For me, they had to give him a chance. Did Chelsea think they were going to buy a 21-year-old kid from Germany in Kai Havertz, another forward from Germany in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and a 36-year-old defend...
Harry Redknapp Is A ‘Better Tactician Than Arsene Wenger,’ Says Paul Merson
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Harry Redknapp Is A ‘Better Tactician Than Arsene Wenger,’ Says Paul Merson

Harry Redknapp has been branded as a "tactically" better manager than legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. That's according to Paul Merson, who played under both Redknapp and Wenger in his football career. Harry Redknapp has been branded as a "tactically" better manager than legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. That's according to Paul Merson, who played under both Redknapp and Wenger in his football career. "As a man-manager knowing what you want or what you need, you could tell him what you need, he wouldn't tell you what you needed. I think that was a massive thing with him. "The thing with Harry, people think, 'Oh, he's a wheeler-dealer' […] his knowledge of football is second to none. "I honestly think he's tactically better than Arsene Wenger, i...
‘I had Drogba, Benzema and Zlatan, so Kane has no problem!’ – Mourinho defends striker record
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‘I had Drogba, Benzema and Zlatan, so Kane has no problem!’ – Mourinho defends striker record

The Portuguese boss has responded to Arsenal legend Paul Merson's suggestion that he doesn't get the best out of his centre-forwards Jose Mourinho has defended his record with strikers ahead of Tottenham's clash with West Ham on Tuesday, insisting "Harry Kane has no problem" given his previous experience with the likes of Didier Drogba, Karim Benzema and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Arsenal legend Paul Merson expressed his belief that Mourinho's preferred playing style could force Kane to consider his future at Spurs during his latest column for Sky Sports. After analysing the England international's subdued performance during Friday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, the former Gunners midfielder said: "I think he'll have a serious think at the end of the season. I don't see him getting 2...
Man Utd-linked Grealish will ‘100 per cent’ leave Aston Villa if they are relegated – Merson
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Man Utd-linked Grealish will ‘100 per cent’ leave Aston Villa if they are relegated – Merson

The former Villans midfielder admits that the talented playmaker will need Premier League football in order to earn the England spot he craves Jack Grealish will “100 per cent” head for the exits at Aston Villa if Dean Smith’s side are relegated, admits Paul Merson, with the reported Manchester United target needing Premier League football in order to keep his England dream alive. The 24-year-old playmaker has made no secret of the fact that he wants to break into the senior Three Lions fold, with one eye on a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championship in 2021. In order to keep himself in contention, Grealish will need to be rubbing shoulders with English football’s elite on a regular basis.
‘School captain’ Grealish is a ‘special player’ and would improve Man Utd, says Merson
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‘School captain’ Grealish is a ‘special player’ and would improve Man Utd, says Merson

The former Aston Villa play maker believes the highly-rated 24-year-old doesn’t trust those around him at present, but would star in a better team Jack Grealish is a “special player”, says Paul Merson, and thinks it is easy to see why the likes of Manchester United are so keen on landing a creative influence who is trying to be “the school captain” at Aston Villa. The 24-year-old’s performances back in the Premier League this season have seen his stock rise considerably. Having shown himself to be capable of mixing it with English football’s elite, senior international recognition and a big-money move are now said to be on the table. Those at Old Trafford are considered to be leading the transfer chase, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still in the market for added creativity....
Ighalo’s £400,000-Per-Week Offer: I’d Be Shocked If Man Utd Striker Walked Away – Paul Merson
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Ighalo’s £400,000-Per-Week Offer: I’d Be Shocked If Man Utd Striker Walked Away – Paul Merson

Paul Merson, has said he would be shocked if Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, turn down a permanent move to the Red Devil and return to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the season after being offered £400,000-a-week wages by the Chinese club. We had reported on Thursday that Shanghai Shenhua has not given up hope of Ighalo returning to China and has offered the former Watford star £400,000-a-week wages to stay on with them. Ighalo joined the Man United last January transfer window on a six-month loan deal from Shenhua. The Nigerian striker has scored four goals in eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this season, but Merson believes The 30-year-old cannot turn down a permanent move to stay at Old Trafford even if it means for him to accept a pay cu...
Paul Merson Kicks Against Awarding Liverpool League Title
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Paul Merson Kicks Against Awarding Liverpool League Title

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, is against the idea of the Premier League handing the title to Liverpool before the end of this season. English football is currently on an enforced break until April 4 at least, due to the coronavirus pandemic. After 29 fixtures in the top flight, Liverpool are 25 points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s men need only two more wins to be confirmed champions. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the resumption of the Premier League, there have been calls for the Reds to be awarded the trophy. But Merson, using snooker analogy, explained why that will not work. He told Sky Sports: “It’s all well saying Liverpool are 25 points clear, but if I played snooker with my mate tomorrow, and I needed 25 snookers ...
Arsenal, Worst Team in Premier League – Paul Merson
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Arsenal, Worst Team in Premier League – Paul Merson

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson says the club has been the ‘worst team’ in the Premier League without the ball over the last ten years. Merson said this ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday evening at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are presently in the tenth position on the Premier League table with 31 points from 25 matches. “I supported what former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery was saying about the team, because the Gunners are not supposed to be in this position in the Premier League table considering the quality of players in the squad,” Sky Sports quoted Merson as saying. “I found it hard watching Arsenal play under Emery. I supposed it was lenient like watching former manager, Arsene Wenger’s squads. “Arsenal have been the worst club in the English P...
Paul Merson Predicts Position Chelsea, Tottenham will Finish
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Paul Merson Predicts Position Chelsea, Tottenham will Finish

Former Arsenal player, Paul Merson, has predicted where Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will finish in the Premier League table under their managers, Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho this season. Chelsea are presently in fourth position on the Premier League table with 41 points from 25 games, while Tottenham are sixth in position with 37 points from the same number of games. Chelsea and Tottenham will face each other in a crunch top-four clash on February 22 at Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea are in pole position to finish in fourth position in the Premier League this season,” Merson said as quoted by The UK Sun. “Tottenham Hotspur cannot finish in the top four because I do not see them displacing Chelsea from that position at the moment. “Spurs are so fortunate right now becaus...
Those Saying I Regret Moving to Tottenham Hotspur Only Want to be in the News – Mourinho
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Those Saying I Regret Moving to Tottenham Hotspur Only Want to be in the News – Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has denied that he already regrets joining the club. Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane in November 2019. The Portuguese has won 10 games in his first 19 matches and Spurs are just four points behind the top four places. They have also qualified for the FA Cup fifth round and last 16 of the Champions League. However, former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, claimed Mourinho is already regretting the move. Mourinho tells Sky Sports: “Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club. “You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy. Difficult? yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t ...
Paul Merson Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea
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Paul Merson Predicts Winner of Manchester United vs Chelsea

Former Premier League star, Paul Merson, has predicted this week’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea. Burnley picked up a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Manchester United, on the other hand, lost 4-0 to Everton last weekend and followed it up with 2-0 loss to city rivals, Manchester City on Wednesday. Merson said the game between the two top four contenders will end 2-1 in favour of Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s men. He told Sky Sports, “I expect United to win, believe it or not. I think [Marcus] Rashford will be too much for the Chelsea defence. “I watch Chelsea, if Eden Hazard doesn’t turn up it’s difficult, or if teams keep him quiet. You’ve seen teams do it before. “I don’t think there’s a lot between the teams, N’Golo Kante being injured c...
Philippe Coutinho Departure Is A Blessing In Disguise For Liverpool, Says Mark Schwarzer
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Philippe Coutinho Departure Is A Blessing In Disguise For Liverpool, Says Mark Schwarzer

Manchester City were no match for a blistering Liverpool on Wednesday night in the Champions League, as Jurgen Klopp's side earned a 3-0 advantage in the pair's quarter-final tie. It was not the first time Liverpool have blown away their opponents with their high-octane attacking football this season, with the departure of Coutinho to Barcelona in January doing little to slow them down. Speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate, former Premier League goalkeeper Schwarzer actually thinks Coutinho's exit has improved Liverpool as an attacking force. "Liverpool don't have the squad that Manchester City have," Schwarzer said. "Manchester City are able to play at a high level because they have players who can come in and keep them at the same high level. "They [Liverpool] have shown, on is...
Liverpool Should Keep Faith In Jurgen Klopp, Says Paul Merson
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Liverpool Should Keep Faith In Jurgen Klopp, Says Paul Merson

Liverpool have failed to replicate the scintillating performance which saw them blow Arsenal away before the international break, shipping five goals at Manchester City before being held by Sevilla in their Champions League opener. The results have led to questions being asked of Klopp's ability to end the Merseysiders' 27-year wait to be champions. But, speaking on The Debate, Merson believes the Reds boss is two-thirds of the way to fielding a side capable of mounting a sustained title tilt. "I like Jurgen Klopp," he said. "But let's not get carried away, Liverpool are where you'd expect them to be at the moment. I didn't expect them to win the league this season. "Managers don't know everything about the Premier League after being here for a year-and-a-half - it will take Klopp time...
‘Pathetic’ Arsenal Should Have Been In For Drinkwater, Says Merson
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‘Pathetic’ Arsenal Should Have Been In For Drinkwater, Says Merson

Arsenal missed another trick in what has been a “shambolic” season so far by allowing Chelsea to sign Danny Drinkwater, says Paul Merson.The Gunners headed into the international break on the back of a humbling 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, before then enduring more transfer frustration on deadline day.While they were able to prevent Alexis Sanchez from leaving the club, his value is only going to fall as he continues to run down the final year of his contract.Merson believes there are deep-lying problems at Emirates Stadium and feels more should have been done over the summer in order to get players in with a bit of “fight”.He wrote in his column for the Daily Star: “The players look like they couldn’t have cared less [at Anfield]. You get the sack when your players don’t look fussed. But not ...

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