Paul Merson delivers Jesse Marsch verdict and predicts Leeds clash against Liverpool
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Paul Merson delivers Jesse Marsch verdict and predicts Leeds clash against Liverpool

Paul Merson has leapt to the defence of Jesse Marsch in his SportsKeeda column ahead of this weekend’s matches – but has predicted that Leeds United will suffer a heavy, 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.

It has been an interesting, and intense few days for Marsch. Following last Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Fulham, Leeds have gone more than two months without tasting victory. Eight games without a win, including six defeats. They are 18th.

The run of games does not get any easier for Marsch. Before the World Cup break, Leeds take on Liverpool and Tottenham away from home, as well as Bournemouth at home. In the Carabao Cup, we also take on Wolves.

With the board backing Marsch for the time being, and the American gaffer coming out fighting in Thursday’s press conference, he will be in the dugout at Anfield. Merson defended the Leeds boss, but predicted a 3-0 loss.

“Leeds are struggling, aren’t they? I like Jesse Marsch and I think he works hard, but Leeds keep shooting themselves in the foot. I expect Liverpool to win this game comfortably,” Merson said, before choosing a 3-0 score on SportsKeeda.

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Merson defends Marsch but predicts Leeds to suffer Liverpool defeat

Leeds are really up against it. Not helped by Marsch saying that Tyler Adams, Luis Sinisterra, Rodrigo, Liam Cooper and Joe Gelhardt could all be missing from the clash. If those five are out, we expect Marsch to make three changes.

Ultimately, Leeds will not be expecting to come away with anything. That includes the board, especially after Liverpool went to Holland and beat Eredivisie champions Ajax 3-0 in their own back yard. Ajax had chances, but Liverpool won.

But what Marsch, the fans and the Leeds board will want to see is a hard-working display. A performance that shows the players are still with the manager, an array of positives. Perhaps a goal. Bournemouth next week, is a big one.

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