Paul Merson delivers verdict on Liverpool's transfer business, points out Achilles heel

Ex footballer Paul Merson enjoying  day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.

Liverpool spent heavily in the transfer market this summer.

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson predicted that Liverpool would finish in second position in the Premier League table this season, when writing a column for Sky Sports, although he did point out their Achilles heel.

The Reds were one of the most exciting teams to watch in world football last season, but they still ended up in fourth spot in the table, a massive 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiola's sensational Manchester City side.

 

Liverpool have spent heavily this summer, however, splashing out nearly £180 million on four new players, and Jürgen Klopp now seems to have built a group of players who are more than capable of winning major honours.

Merson is a big fan of what Liverpool have done during this summer's transfer window, and backed them to finish second this season, when writing a column for Sky Sports, although he did offer the Merseysiders a word of warning:

Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

"They've made unbelievable signings. Xherdan Shaqiri could be one of the signings of the window, he could be worth £35m now and the season hasn't even started. This team will close the gap. 25 points is a lot to make up in one season. It won't be though a lack of good buys, though, because they are really good buys. Their Achilles heel for me will be against the lesser teams and if they can break them down but I'm all over Liverpool, I think they're the team who will come second."

Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign with a home game against West Ham United on Sunday, and Reds fans will be eagerly anticipating seeing their new stars in action for the first time competitively.

Alisson Becker of Liverpool during the international friendly game between Liverpool and Napoli at Aviva Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

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