"A struggle" - Paul Merson suggests one Liverpool player will get battered by Man City
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Sky Sports pundit and Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes that one Liverpool player will struggle when the Reds take on Man City at Anfield on Sunday.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp's side secured a morale-boosting 7-1 victory over Rangers at Ibrox in the Champions League on Wednesday, their attentions now shift back to the Premier League.
Liverpool sit 10th in the table. They are already 14 points behind leaders Arsenal after eight games played, with a game in hand. Although it's too early to write them off yet, their chances of winning the title look to be slim.
But Klopp's side can get back on track with victory over the Citizens on Sunday. To do that, they will most likely have to blunt Erling Haaland, with Bournemouth the only one of nine opponents to stop the Norwegian from scoring in a Premier League game this season.
The Reds will also have to deal with threats from the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, whilst Phil Foden has impressed in a wider role in recent weeks. He has four goals in his last two games, including a hat-trick in the 6-3 win over Manchester United.
To that end, Merson believes that one Liverpool player may be in for a tough afternoon.
Merson names the Liverpool player he believes could struggle vs Man City
Speaking to Sportskeeda, Merson outlined his concerns: "Joe Gomez was all over the place at full-back against Arsenal as well, and can't see anything but a struggle against Foden and Grealish this weekend."
Gomez came off the bench at half-time in last weekend's 3-2 defeat at the Gunners, replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold. Many Liverpool fans didn't quite agree with Merson's assessment of his performance, however, with the England international managing to provide some resistance against the threat of Gabriel Martinelli down Arsenal's left flank.
However, it is true that Gomez has not had much first-team football over the past year. Furthermore, he more often plays at centre-back. But, due to Alexander-Arnold's injury, the 25-year-old will likely deputise again when the Reds take on Man City.
Klopp told a press conference that Liverpool were "a little bit lucky" with the extent of Alexander-Arnold's injury, and that he is likely to be out for "shorter than a month". He could face a race to be fully fit in time for the World Cup.
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