Liverpool can end Manchester City's title hopes, says Paul Merson.

'Only a win keeps City in title race'

City need a win over Liverpool (Getty)

Liverpool can end Manchester City's chance of retaining the Premier League title on Thursday, according to Arsenal great Paul Merson.

The Citizens know they have to seal three points over Jurgen Klopp's Reds at the Etihad in order to close the seven-point gap on the league leaders.

The football expert told Sky Sports: "If Liverpool don't lose at Man City, then that rules City out of the title race. They will be seven points behind if they draw that. Liverpool are unbeaten, and would have to lose three matches before the end of the season - no chance.

"This is a Liverpool team that score plenty of goals and don't let in any goals. They are relentless. Even if they are having a bad day, they only need one goal. They don't have to be like Man City and win by three goals. They just get the job done and only need one.

"To beat them you are going to have to score twice, which is a tall order. I don't see anyone beating them 1-0. As the season goes on, with the Champions League coming back, it does mount up.

"If I was Liverpool I would forget about the Champions League now. They have a chance of making history, where they would all go down as legends after 29 years. They need to put all their eggs in one basket."

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City have had three defeats in their last five matches and Merson reckons their recent losses has affected Pep Guardiola's side.

He said: "Manchester City have lost that ruthlessness about them. They're missing good chances now, I don't know if the nerves have got to them, the pressure is on them but you look at the other week against Leicester. Sergio Aguero flicked one over the bar, he had another which was an air-shot - that's not him.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino after Arsenal win. (Getty)

"You watched them against Southampton, under severe pressure, they ripped them apart. It could have been 5-0 after 15 or 20 minutes.

"But when City got in front and couldn't get a second one, the players start thinking 'this is easy,' and then for 15 minutes or so they're all over the shop.

"Raheem Sterling's taking eight touches instead of passing, Riyad Mahrez is cutting inside and has a shot himself when he should pass, they're all doing their own thing.

"When you've lost three out of five games, something is going on and your confidence gets majorly dented."

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