Merson - Bad news for Liverpool

Everton Logo at Goodison Park

Paul Merson cannot see past a Manchester City victory over Everton, a result which has consequences in the Premier League title race & fourth place.

The Premier League title race will not swing back in Liverpool's favour this weekend, writes former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson in his weekly prediction column for Sky Sports, as Manchester City will defeat Everton, bringing their total point haul to 80 - the same as Liverpool's - yet with a superior goal difference they would take command of the Premier League table.

City travel to Goodison Park to chew on the Toffees on Saturday afternoon, one day before Chelsea can re-claim top spot should they - as would be expected - triumph over Norwich City at home, putting all the pressure on Liverpool, who feature on Monday evening against Crystal Palace.

"The door has opened for Man City after what happened at Anfield last week and they surely won't see it slammed in their faces again," said Merson.

"It's in their hands to win the league and they have got every chance. I don't worry about them in the big games because when they get their game heads on they are a very professional outfit - they were very impressive against Crystal Palace last week. It's the little games where they sometimes let themselves down.

"I expect them to win this game, especially when you consider Everton are without Gareth Barry and a few other players," he said, before predicting a 2-0 win and providing the news Liverpool fans may not want to hear… that Everton may not be capable of giving them a hand in the title race as "the season has caught up with them."

Merson added: "I think City will win and go on to take the title."

On Brendan Rodgers' Reds, he said: "All Liverpool needed to do was draw at home to Chelsea last week and then they'd be going to Crystal Palace on Monday night knowing a victory would pretty much win them the league.

"They could have wrapped it up last week, but if I get the scores right then they'll be third in the table when they get off the coach - it's unbelievable how things have changed.

"I still think they'll win because I think Crystal Palace have hit a brick wall and looked tired against Man City last week. That's understandable because they have worked their socks off and it's hard to keep it up when you're already safe - and subconsciously you might drop off a little. 

"Liverpool will win - and you just never know what might happen on the final day," the 46-year-old concluded.

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