"This is a harder game for Arsenal" - Paul Merson on clash against Liverpool

Pundit Paul Merson has given his verdict on Liverpool's upcoming Premier League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.

The Reds have struggled in the league so far this season. Liverpool have only accumulated 10 points from a possible 21.

The Gunners on the other hand are flying. Arsenal sit at the top of the table.

You can read Merson's prediction for the match below.

“This is a harder game for Arsenal than the Tottenham one and I say this because the fans and the players were naturally hyped for the derby,” he told Sportskeeda.

“If Arsenal win against Liverpool and manage to stay close to Manchester City in the coming months, they could well be contenders for the Premier League title this season. They need to keep their players fit, but Mikel Arteta will believe the Gunners have reasons to believe they can go all the way.

“Liverpool played against Rangers in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday and won quite comfortably, while Arsenal are in UEFA Europa League action later today (yesterday). The Reds will have a bit more rest heading into the much-anticipated Premier League clash, but on current form, Arsenal are probably favorites as things stand.

“Liverpool played four forwards against Rangers and dominated the game as they secured a 2-0 win at Anfield. Against Arsenal, though, I think they’ll get ripped to shreds if they play Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara against the likes of Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard as the Gunners trio have been in sublime form this season.”

Anfield Watch Verdict

Arsenal look a different team under Mikel Arteta this season. The Gunners appear to be more confident with and without the ball.

Therefore, Liverpool will have to be at their best if they are to secure the three points at the Emirates Stadium.

The Reds defeated Arsenal 2-0 away from home in the Premier League last season. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino were Liverpool's goalscorers on the night.

This weekend's fixture will kick-off at 4:30pm UK time. We wish Liverpool all the best ahead of the game.

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