Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has claimed that Liverpool could finish the Premier League title race if they manage to beat Manchester City next week.
The Citizens will travel to King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City on Boxing Day while Liverpool will face Newcastle United at home.
“I’m completely over the moon. The way the boys played was outstanding…It was brilliant, I love it – fantastic performance and so deserved”
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— Premier League (@premierleague) December 16, 2018
The Merseyside club will also host Arsenal on Saturday evening before they travel to Etihad Stadium on 03 January 2019 for Man City clash.
But Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Jurgen Klopp side could essentially seal the title as early as next week by beating the champions.
Merson said: “Leicester vs Manchester City is a big game and a must-win game for City, who are in trouble now as they are four points behind Liverpool.”
“I mean it has now got down to the situation whereby if Liverpool win at City in a week’s time – it is all over.”
Six down, two to go in December… 👊
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 23, 2018
With Pep Guardiola side face Leicester City on Wednesday, Merson added: “So this is a big game for City and a hard one as Leicester can cause you problems.”
“But because they have to win, I think they will, but Saturday’s result will have knocked the stuffing out of them and Man City have now lost two of their last three league games.”
“And before that, it looked like they would never ever lose a game. But I see them just winning this one to stay on the coattails of Liverpool.”
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has also had his say on the entertaining Premier League title race.
🗣 “I still think City will win the Premier League, over the last 10 years only two teams who’ve been top at Christmas have not won the league and both of them was Liverpool so.. hopefully that’s the story again.”
– Wayne Rooney. pic.twitter.com/FIuskL3WVM
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“In my opinion, it’s between City and Liverpool and I think Van Dijk is a big difference this time to what Liverpool have had in previous years,” the former England captain told BT Sport.
“He just brings a calmness to the team-mates around him, and also you can see he’s a leader. So I think he’s a big difference.”
“But Jurgen Klopp I think he looks like a dream to work for and, as we talk about Manchester United, that’s a manager which Man Utd need to get in, in that style and with that philosophy.”