Paul Merson predicts Tottenham v Liverpool: A shock call?

Paul Merson

Paul Merson has tipped Tottenham to beat Liverpool.

Tottenham may have received a kiss of death for their chances of beating Liverpool at the weekend: Paul Merson has tipped them to win.

The former Arsenal midfielder told SkySports he believes Spurs will overcome the Reds on Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge of the Merseyside club, suggesting the German has not had enough of a chance to get his message across to his players.

Merson has made a habit of backing Tottenham to lose in recent weeks, calling home defeats against Crystal Palace and Manchester City - only for the North London side to win both, smashing the league leaders 4-1.

He backed Tottenham to win this one 2-1, adding: "I think this is a hard first game for Jurgen Klopp. Everyone has been away on international duty, and I can see Spurs winning here.

"He has not had enough time with the players to get his message across. It will be exciting seeing him in the dugout in the Premier League, but his mood in Thursday's press conference was different to his first conference. It's different over here, and he will need to get used to it."

Liverpool can go above Tottenham with a victory, but go into the game one point behind, and six goals worse off on goal difference.

Both sides are missing players through injury, with the Reds without summer signings Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, while Tottenham's Heung-Min Son remains sidelined.

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