Paul Merson has poured cold water over peoples’ high expectations of Leeds United despite an impressive start to the season by the Whites.
Leeds lost their first Premier League match in 16 years when Liverpool beat them 4-3 in a thrilling match at Anfield.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side then beat Fulham 4-3 to get their first points on the board.
Although Leeds lost by a single goal at Anfield – due to conceding two penalties – plenty of fans and pundits were impressed by the Yorkshire club’s performance while the same went for their win against Fulham.
But Sky Sports pundit Merson cannot see what all the fuss is about and has predicted that the Whites will suffer a hammering at some point this season.
“I’m not convinced by Leeds. They could easily have lost to Fulham and a really good team are going to beat them heavily soon,” Merson wrote, as quoted on the Daily Star website.
“Leeds got lots of praise for the way they played at Anfield but I thought Liverpool just turned up expecting to win and didn’t take them seriously enough.
“They won’t finish where everyone seems to think they will – but they will finish above West Brom.”
Well, Merson got something right. Leeds will finish above West Brom.
But if that’s him insinuating the Whites will finish 19th or 18th, then he’s just showing how ill-informed he is about Bielsa and his men.
Does anyone seriously think that Merson watched a minute of Leeds in the Championship? He’s one of the most knee-jerk reaction pundits out there who’s made so many questionable claims in the past that it’s a wonder why he’s still a pundit for Sky Sports when they’ve moved on some of his colleagues.
Leeds lost by a single goal against the Premier League champions after playing extremely well.
To say that result was down to Liverpool’s complacency is such a poor opinion it’s crazy to think it’s come out of the mouth of a player who used to play at the very top level.
Does he seriously think that Liverpool underestimated Leeds? Does he seriously think that Jurgen Klopp would have taken Bielsa lightly?
What a load of rubbish.
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