Smith stated that it was a “good time” to play Liverpool, as they were smashed 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium a few days earlier.
Merson told Soccer Saturday (04/07/20 at 2:05 pm): “Not one bit.
“Not even a little bit. I cannot even think of a worse time [to play Liverpool].
“They have just been absolutely ripped to shreds [by Manchester City] and they will come out and be flying.
“I don’t get that one. I can understand the fans one. But these players will be hurting. They have won the league, but no-one will be wanting to get beat by four. For me, I don’t think it’s a good time to be playing Liverpool. If they make as many chances and the movement then I don’t know how Villa are going to live with them. I think this is a nightmare game.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Merson was proven to be correct, as Liverpool did secure a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was never going to allow his side to put in another performance like they did against Manchester City, and I’ll explain why.
Liverpool have ultimately only lost two Premier League fixtures this season. That highlights that Klopp’s standards are high, which is why he was going to make sure that there was a response from his players against Aston Villa.
It also shows that for the most part, there is never really a good time to face the Reds. They rarely lose games these days.
Liverpool’s next Premier League fixture is against Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
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