Liverpool will lose against bottom-of-the-table Bournemouth, according to Paul Merson, only days after thrashing Manchester United 7-0
Last Sunday, Liverpool secured one of the biggest wins in club history at Anfield, with goals from Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino humiliating their arch-rivals.
Following a difficult few months, this result appears to have reenergized the team as they try to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season.
Next up is a trip to Bournemouth, who are currently last in the Premier League after winning just one game since the World Cup finished, and who may be demoralized following their defeat at Arsenal last Saturday.
The Cherries took the lead after just nine seconds and went two goals up against the league leaders, only for the Gunners to come back and win 3-2, with Reiss Nelson netting the game-winning goal in the 97th minute.
When they meet at the Vitality on Saturday, Liverpool will be expected to blow them aside, but Merson envisions a completely different outcome, albeit he accepts that recent results have made this fixture more difficult to forecast.
‘Bournemouth have done well in recent weeks. Bournemouth would have fancied their chances against Liverpool a few weeks back,’ the Arsenal legend told Sportskeeda.
But, all of a sudden, the Merseysiders have defeated Manchester United 7-0 and are back in contention for a top-four spot. It just goes to highlight how important game timing is.
‘It’s likely the first time in three or four years that you haven’t given Liverpool a chance against Manchester United. So the 7-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield was an unbelievable result for me.
‘Bournemouth performed admirably against Arsenal last week. It was a good performance, and they’d be disappointed to have lost with the game’s final kick.
‘Liverpool’s front three are coming together. Confidence is everything, and the combination of Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah looked much better last week than they had all season. The victory will boost their confidence tremendously.
‘Salah could be Liverpool’s finest forward in Premier League history. He plays on the right wing and has scored an absurd quantity of goals on a constant basis, and he’s been doing it for longer than Luis Suarez.’