By Saikat Mandal

27th Oct, 2022 | 9:40pm

Paul Merson predicts scoreline of Leeds United clash v Liverpool

Leeds United will travel to Anfield on Saturday (29 October) to face Liverpool who are struggling for consistency in the Premier League.

The Whites are going through a dreadful run of form at the moment, and Paul Merson has predicted another heavy defeat (3-0) for Jesse Marsch’s side.

Liverpool are heading into this game on the back of a 3-0 win against Ajax, and they should now be looking to build some momentum.

“Liverpool pulled off a brilliant performance against Man City. They then endured a shocking result against Forest and went on to beat a good footballing team in Ajax,” wrote Merson for SportsKeeda in his prediction column.

“Jurgen Klopp must be pulling his hair out. Liverpool have been very consistent under him in recent years, but they’ve been up and down this season.

“Fabinho has played a lot of matches this season. I do like him, and I’m not sure what the problem is there. If Liverpool are to be a success, they need him at their best. A lot of what he does goes unnoticed. If you’ve watched Liverpool over the years, you’ll know that the midfield three made everything happen. They’re struggling without a settled midfield.

“Darwin Nunez has been a bit stop-start this season, but I think he’ll be a success. My only worry is his link-up play – he didn’t even see Mohamed Salah’s run against Man City and when you play for a team like Liverpool, you need to be able to pick those passes. What I do like about him is that he doesn’t shy off. He missed a sitter the other day, but he still scored after that. It might take him some time, but he’ll come good for Liverpool.

“Leeds are struggling, aren’t they? I like Jesse Marsch and I think he works hard, but Leeds keep shooting themselves in the foot. I expect Liverpool to win this game comfortably.”

Tough

It’s really looking bleak at the moment at Elland Road.

The Whites have not won a game since August, and have picked up only two points from their last eight games.

Marsch is under tremendous pressure at the moment, and the fans have voiced their frustrations.

However, the Whites boss is defiant that he is the right man for the job, and the club is willing to give him more time to change things around.

There have been suggestions that Victor Orta is looking at January targets already rather than focussing on the managerial situation.

But this can’t go on. Against Liverpool at Anfield, it could be another miserable night.

Liverpool haven’t been at their best season, and they are capable of humiliating any side on their day.

The Reds have their own problems this season, but it still requires a herculean effort to get something from Anfield.

If Leeds can look to frustrate Liverpool, they will have a chance here. Otherwise, it could be a painful night for the visitors.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.