Paul Merson says Liverpool must beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday if they are to have any chance of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Merson believes it’s a far bigger game for Liverpool than Arsenal as the Gunners’ only realistic route into the Champions League is by winning the Europa League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side sit four points ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table but with a five-point gap to make up on fourth-placed Chelsea, they cannot afford to lose any more ground.
‘A massive game for Liverpool’
“It’s a huge game for Jurgen Klopp and his side in the race for Champions League football next season.
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“On the other hand, I don’t think it’s as big a game for Arsenal. They play Slavia Prague next week in the Europa League and it’s hard to see them having much interest in the game against Liverpool at all.
“I’d expect at least five of the players who are going to be playing next Thursday to not play in this game.