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Paul Merson tells Liverpool they must prove greatness in title race

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Paul Merson says Liverpool can prove their greatness by coming from behind in the Premier League title race.

The Reds' poor form continued with a defeat to Burnley on Thursday evening, leaving them six points off league leaders Manchester United.



Sky Sports pundit Merson believes the Reds' confidence is low, but argued that they are not out of the race by any stretch of the imagination.



He said: "This run is taking a toll on Jurgen Klopp and all of his players. They have been so great of the past few years, now the players are all making the wrong decisions, and that's all about confidence.



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"These players are experiencing something they have never been through.

"Most of Liverpool's players came into the team, hit the ground running, won the Champions League and Premier League and had never lost a league game at Anfield until last night.

"But it's in difficult moments like these where players have to play their way out, this is when great players get themselves out of this situation.

"This is why the likes of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, all of those players, earned such a good reputation because if they did have a bad run - and trust me, they all did - they were out of it and were great again.

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"You've only got to look at the figures Liverpool have put up over the last two seasons to know they are still in this title race.

"A six-point gap for a side capable of winning 10 matches on the trot? Liverpool can click at any moment and can be right back up there."

Merson was unimpressed with Klopp's team selection to face Burnley, with the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri given starts.

The Reds face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday but Merson believes it would have been wrong to rest players for the game.

He said: "Why would you rest players ahead of an FA Cup game?

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"Klopp has never won the FA Cup and might want to win it, who knows, but as long as Manchester City are in it that's going to be hard.

"To a large extent the FA Cup is won by the draw you get; who's to say Liverpool won't be drawn away at Manchester City, Chelsea or Tottenham in future rounds and find it hard to win the cup?

"I'd be really shocked if he played his strongest team at Manchester United on Sunday, I'd have played them against Burnley and then given them a rest ahead of next week's trip to Tottenham.

"Klopp would have probably watched the FA Cup growing up, and it was the ultimate back in the day, but it's not now.

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"I'd be disappointed if he played Salah and Firmino at Old Trafford because Liverpool need to now get a result next week at Spurs after losing to Burnley.

"Win at Tottenham and Liverpool will forget about that five-game winless run, the confidence will start coming back and the pressure will come off a group of players who look a little bit shot."


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