Former Arsenal player and Sky Sports columist, Paul Merson believes Liverpool have their hands on the Premier League title already.
He wrote on his column – “Liverpool and Manchester City were both on the floor against Aston Villa and Southampton but yet again they found the answer. Both clubs are relentless in their pursuit of the title but I don’t see a way back for City if Liverpool win on Super Sunday.
“Liverpool will move nine points clear with a win at Anfield and, as we saw at Villa Park, they simply don’t know how to lose, so I just don’t where they would lose three matches to let City back in.
“It’s a massive football match. It’s one where Liverpool would be happy with a draw, that would leave them six points clear having played against City. When you look at the way Liverpool are playing at the moment, scoring freely, I’d find it hard to look past them for the title if they won.
“People say it’s early in the season but that argument winds me up. The league starts in August, every game is of vital importance and if Liverpool move nine points clear it would probably be in City’s best interest to turn their attention to winning the Champions League.
“Sunday’s game could be a straight shootout, and whoever misses first will lose the game. I cannot see Manchester City keeping Liverpool out, and I cannot see Liverpool keeping Manchester City out. I cannot see anything but goals, there’s so much attacking talent on the pitch. If it’s end-to-end there’s only one winner in my opinion and that’s Liverpool, their front three will have too much for City’s current back four.
“Pep Guardiola is undoubtedly a great manager, but these are the kind of games where we really see what he’s made of. Opening up the game could be fatal, as Liverpool have proved in the past, so he may have to alter his principles slightly, sit back, contain Liverpool. City don’t have to win the match, it will be game on in the title race if they remain six points behind, but they cannot afford to lose.”