Merson names two players that will see Liverpool challenge

Date published: Tuesday 4th September 2018 7:53

Paul Merson thinks the combination of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as Liverpool’s centre-back pairing will see Jurgen Klopp’s side challenge for the Premier League title.

The Reds have won all four of their opening Premier League fixtures this season with their latest victory coming against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Klopp’s men also overcame another tough away trip earlier this season against Crystal Palace and Merson was particularly impressed with their performance that night.

“Very confident. Very confident. I think they look a real, real good team,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“They went to Palace – a difficult game, Monday night under the lights at Selhurst – and I thought that they were as comfortable as they could be.

“They run, their game management. The centre half, Joe Gomez, is a big plus. There was one point where they were so in control and then Palace broke and one ball through and Zaha was on to it.

“You thought, ‘If Zaha gets away here, it’s 1-1 and there’s two points dropped in a dominant game’. But Gomez got there with his pace and knocked it out for a corner.

“I thought, ‘Wow!’ Van Dijk was outstanding. I just think they’re a real, real good team. The three up front, they’re just going to cause problems.

“I think they’ve got every chance. The full-backs can bomb forward because both Van Dijk and Gomez have got pace.

“I thought last year their Achilles heel was probably on the counter attack, they were open but now with them two at the back and the goalie – I think it’s game on. Van Dijk, his concentration levels, he just looks world class.”


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