Paul Merson told Soccer Special on Sky Sports (28/02/23 at 7:35 pm) that he would wager his “life” that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will finish above Fulham in the Premier League this season
This comes after Sky broadcaster Jules Warren tried his hardest to fight Fulham’s cause and explain how they could potentially finish in the Champions League, Europa League, or above Liverpool in May – or at least two of those things.
When Merson refuted such claims, he retorted to his teammate that he is simply pressing this because ‘you love Everton’.
After a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend, Liverpool will now host relegation-threatened Wolves at Anfield on Wednesday night.
This is the Merseyside club’s game in hand and their chance to move into sixth place, ahead of Fulham, who have 39 points and have played two games more.
Yet, while Merson believes Marco Silva has done well at Fulham this season, he does not believe the London club will finish ahead of Klopp’s men.
“They’re three points ahead of Liverpool, and Liverpool has two games in hand,” Merson chuckled. “I don’t gamble anymore, but I would have my life on Liverpool finishing above Fulham. Seriously!?
“It’s going to be difficult” (for Fulham to get into Europe). This is an excellent example of a relaxed team. I’m never going to be demoted. The top-half squad will then compete in the cup. It changes quickly. Take a peek at their next three games (Brentford, Arsenal and Liverpool). That immediately tells you something.
“Now I understand why you said that about Liverpool since you love Everton.”
“I was putting the case forward for Fulham because it just strikes me that everyone has written them off and they are likely to finish mid-table,” Jules Warren responded.
CAN LIVERPOOL SAVE ITS SEASON?
Even the most passionate Liverpool fan recognizes that their Champions League tie against Real Madrid is gone after Carlo Ancelotti’s side put five past them at Anfield.
The essential goal now is to salvage as much as possible from the season, which means finishing fourth and qualifying for the Champions League.
To begin with, Liverpool must go on a winning streak, in addition to winning their remaining games.