“I worry for them”: Paul Merson sends warning to Liverpool and says problem starts with overreliance on £43M rock

Former Premier League player Paul Merson has revealed Liverpool’s ‘big problem’ ahead of the Premier League season. 

The former Arsenal player spoke about Liverpool in his column for the Daily Star, outlining Liverpool’s transfer business.

With the likes of Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsey joining Liverpool this summer, Merson believes that they could regret not moving for a midfielder.

He believes Liverpool are overreliant on Fabinho. The Brazilian joined the club from AS Monaco in 2019 for a £43.7M fee and is now a world-class operator in the no.6 role.

“I worry for them in midfield,” Merson told the Daily Star. “They are very reliant on Fabinho.”

Paul Merson claims Liverpool are “weaker” in midfield

Merson continued to claim that they are ‘weaker’ in midfield and that the ages of Jordan Henderson and James Milner could be an issue for the Reds.

The former Arsenal star said: “I think they are weaker in midfield than they have been for a while. That might be the thing that makes the difference.

“When Fabinho is out they are a completely different team. Beyond him, you’ve got Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago really.

“But Henderson is getting on now. Thiago for me is very inconsistent. Milner has been a warrior for them but is 36. And they’ve never been able to rely on Naby Keita.

“I think they are just getting by there with that group, and that’s not really good enough for a club like Liverpool.”

Liverpool will feel the absence of Sadio Mane

He also believes that the sale of Sadio Mane could be a key blow and claims they will need new signing Darwin Nunez to hit the ground running as a result.

The Senegalese forward was sold to Bayern Munich for £45m after six years and 120 goals last month.

He said: “You can’t tell me that losing Sadio Mane for a song wasn’t a blow.

“He was a big-game player who contributed so much in those key moments when you’re not playing well and somebody steps up.

“They are going to need Darwin Nunez to hit the ground running but there are no guarantees he settles here like Luis Diaz did.

“If that happens, fair play, but how many players have you ever seen hit the ground running in the Premier League like Diaz? Not many.”

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