Liverpool form will have Jurgen Klopp ‘pulling his hair out’; Reds backed to stroll past Leeds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tells his player to focus Credit: Alamy
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tells his player to focus Credit: Alamy

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Liverpool will comfortably beat struggling Leeds United in the Premier League this weekend.

The Reds have been very inconsistent this season and are currently eighth in the top flight with four wins from their opening 11 matches.

They are already 12 points behind pacesetters Arsenal, who face newly promoted Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Forest were able to beat Liverpool last week, to pick up their first win since the opening day of the season when they beat West Ham United.

Victory put Steve Cooper’s side onto nine points, level with Leeds, who are 18th.

Pressure is growing on head coach Jesse Marsch and a trip to Anfield is one of the worst possible fixtures he could have faced this weekend.

The Whites are without a Premier League win since August 21 when they battered Chelsea 3-0 at Elland Road.

Although the performances have not been awful, it is a results business and Marsch will be hoping to turn around his side’s form as soon as possible.

If he fails to do so, it would not be surprising to see the Yorkshire club relieve him of his duties.

Merson has predicted a comfortable 3-0 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday evening.

Having beat Manchester City and West Ham before losing at Forest, the Arsenal icon thinks Klopp will be “pulling his hair out” in frustration with his side’s inconsistency.

“Liverpool pulled off a brilliant performance against Man City,” Merson wrote for Sportskeeda.

“They then endured a shocking result against Forest and went on to beat a good footballing team in Ajax.

Jurgen Klopp must be pulling his hair out. Liverpool have been very consistent under him in recent years, but they’ve been up and down this season.

“Fabinho has played a lot of matches this season. I do like him, and I’m not sure what the problem is there.

“If Liverpool are to be a success, they need him at their best. A lot of what he does goes unnoticed.

“If you’ve watched Liverpool over the years, you’ll know that the midfield three made everything happen. They’re struggling without a settled midfield.

“Darwin Nunez has been a bit stop-start this season, but I think he’ll be a success.

“My only worry is his link-up play – he didn’t even see Mohamed Salah’s run against Man City and when you play for a team like Liverpool, you need to be able to pick those passes.

“What I do like about him is that he doesn’t shy off. He missed a sitter the other day, but he still scored after that.

“It might take him some time, but he’ll come good for Liverpool.

“Leeds are struggling, aren’t they? I like Jesse Marsch and I think he works hard, but Leeds keep shooting themselves in the foot.

“I expect Liverpool to win this game comfortably.”

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