Paul Merson cannot believe the goals that Liverpool conceded as they beat Leeds United 4-3 at Anfield on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday.
Leeds came from behind three times through goals by Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich before Mohamed Salah’s 88th-minute penalty won the match for the reigning Premier League champions.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has called on Liverpool to strengthen their squad in the transfer market after what he witnessed at the weekend.
“You look at the goals Liverpool let in against Leeds: wow. I just think they turned up and thought they’d wipe the floor with Leeds,” Merson wrote on the Sky Sports website.
“I think they need to buy someone. It wouldn’t surprise me if the finished fourth this season, and I thought that before this game. It’s the same team, and they have a massive amount of players who have to play every week. Virgil van Dijk can’t get injured. The full-backs can’t get injured. They haven’t got anyone to replace the front three if they’re injured.”
Leeds clearly did a number on Liverpool for Merson to say that Jurgen Klopp’s side could finish fourth this season.
Liverpool’s defence wasn’t the best on Saturday but Merson is kind of downplaying how good Leeds can be by suggesting it was all the Reds’ fault that they conceded those three goals.
If Merson watched a shred of Championship football last season he would have understood how Leeds can dismantle even the strongest of sides and create chances of galore against them.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had more possession on Saturday but only registered three shots on target in the 90 minutes.
Leeds have shown that over the summer, they might have gotten over the issue that saw them create a lot of chances but fail to convert them into goals.
If they can take their chances against the best team in England then they can take their chances against the rest of the league and that suggests to use that this side can easily survive, if not flourish, in the Premier League.
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