Merson piles pressure on Klopp ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool encounter
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Merson piles pressure on Klopp ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool encounter

Paul Merson has piled pressure on Jurgen Klopp ahead of Arsenal vs Liverpool game, terming the tie as a must-win for the Reds. 

Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Sunday to take on Arsenal and Merson believes Klopp's side must claim a victory in order to keep their top-four hopes alive. The Reds are currently seventh on the log, five points off the top four and 25 adrift of league leaders Manchester City.

The Premier League has nine matches remaining and time is running out for the defending champions to move up the table and secure a Champions League spot next season. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said, "Liverpool have got to win this game. They have to get Champions League football for next season." 

"If they are to have any chance, Jurgen Klopp’s side need to win at the Emirates. I expect Chelsea to win at lunchtime on Saturday when they play West Brom at Stamford Bridge. If Liverpool doesn’t then win, the gap will be too big, in my opinion. It could be as wide as eight points with eight games left to play."

"However, if Liverpool can beat Arsenal, it will be a massive win for them. All of a sudden, one of their harder games disappears and Chelsea have had one of their easier games as we reach the crucial part of the season."

On the other hand, Merson believes the match will not be of much importance for his former club who currently lie 9th on the log. It is impossible for the Gunners to break into the top four and instead have put their focus in the Europa League. Winning the tournament will see north London secure a spot in the Champions League next season. 

"I don’t think it’s as big a game for Arsenal. They play Slavia Prague next week in the Europa League and it’s hard to see them having much interest in the game against Liverpool at all. I’d expect at least five of the players who are going to be playing next Thursday to not play in this game."

"All Arsenal’s eggs are in one basket now. There is no point in them beating Liverpool and then getting beat by Slavia Prague. That’s no value to them at all. Top four is out of the window in the league. There are too many teams above them, even if they went on a bit of a run. ‘But after the quarter-final draw, they have a fantastic chance of doing something in the Europa League."

"Following Sunday’s match, Liverpool face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash, while Arsenal take on Slavia Prague in the same round of the Europa League."

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