Liverpool have been lucky, says Paul Merson

The former Arsenal midfielder says the in-form Reds have been lucky throughout the Premier League season.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday that Liverpool have been lucky this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side endured a difficult start to the campaign but have hit back strongly after switching to a formation with three at the back, becoming one of the Premier League’s most in-form sides.

That strong form from the Reds has seen them fly up the table and they are now competing for a finish in the top four and Champions League qualification once again, while catching up with second-placed Manchester City remains a distinct possibility as well.

Now, though, Merson has claimed that fortune has favoured the Reds during their ascent up the table.

“You’re better off being lucky, and they are,” Merson told Soccer Saturday.

“They’re riding their luck, but they’re making the most of it.”

Despite saying that the side have been lucky, the former player turned pundit does give them credit for their away record, which has proved to be mightily impressive.

After the win over Swansea City on Monday evening, the Reds claimed their seventh clean sheet away from home, becoming the Premier League’s meanest travellers in the process having conceded just 16 goals in 14 away games so far.

That record is an enviable one, and Merson was full of praise for their achievement.

“It is some ask to do what they’ve done away from home, in keeping so many clean sheets; it’s some going to do that,” he added.

Rodgers’ men will, however, be back on home soil on Sunday as they prepare to welcome arch-rivals and fellow top-four hopefuls Manchester United to Anfield for a potentially season-defining encounter.

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