Paul Merson: I was shocked by very strange West Ham against Liverpool

The Sky Sports pundit has heaped pressure on the Reds and says he was taken aback by the Hammers at Anfield.

Paul Merson says he was shocked by West Ham United after their 3-0 win at Liverpool - a result he found very strange indeed, according to his regular column in the Daily Star.

The former Arsenal midfielder turned pundit feels Brendan Rodgers' men face an even huger occasion than usual against Manchester United this weekend as a result.

But, in terms of the Hammers, the 47-year-old says he was simply taken aback by their 3-0 victory at Anfield.

Merson told the Star: "This is a big match for Rodgers because the fans are already on his back after last season, and then to get rinsed at home by West Ham… I was shocked by that.

"I thought they’d bought well with James Milner, have a good player there already in Philippe Coutinho and got someone in Christian Benteke who is always a handful.

"I saw them against Arsenal and they ripped them apart in the first half. But then they got slaughtered by West Ham. It was very strange."

As historic as West Ham's Anfield win was, then, some may joke it's even more historic that Merson hasn't been able to criticise the Hammers as a result.

Obviously, the east London side's home form is still an issue for Slaven Bilic's men - and they will need to put that right against Newcastle United on Monday night.

As for Liverpool, though, the pressure is on. Right now, it's looking like the same thing year after year after year - with a Luis Suarez goalfest sandwiched somewhere in the middle.

Manchester United host the Reds in Saturday's evening kick-off.

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