Champions League: Liverpool lucky in two cup finals - Paul Merson


Paul Merson has argued Liverpool's success in cup competitions this season has been to luck of penalty shootouts

Real Madrid face Liverpool in the final of the
Champions League on May 28, with the  Reds looking to complete a trophy-laden season with a win in Paris. But for all of Liverpool's success in cup competitions this term, Merson has controversially claimed City reclaiming their Premier League crown would represent a greater achievement.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, the former Arsenal midfielder said: "Pep Guardiola is still the manager of the year if Manchester City win the title - and it's harder now than when Manchester United were doing it.

"The Premier League is the ultimate. It's 38 games in the hardest competition in the world. If you win it, you are the best. Jurgen Klopp has done an absolutely phenomenal job at Liverpool this season but if he doesn't win the league he isn't manager of the year for me.

"Don't forget Liverpool were put in a Champions League group they could have walked through, and they've won both domestic cups on penalties. They didn't win the games. If you think City should be disappointed somehow if they only win the league and Liverpool win a treble, you'd be wrong. I don't see that at all.

"I'm glad for Liverpool that they've taken the title race to the final day. To win two cup finals, be in another, and push City all the way, is amazing. It's phenomenal what they've done. But at the start of the season it's all about one thing. The Premier League. Thirty-eight games. Home and away. To be the best in the country. Don't buy into all this hype about the Champions League. That's just about egos. You could lose more games in that than you do all season in the Premier League and still win it!"

Continuing his praise for the Sky Blues, Merson added: "City can be so proud of themselves if they win another championship. That would be four titles in the last five years and that is dominant at the highest level. It goes under the radar a bit sometimes. I don't think we give them enough credit. They keep churning out titles and go deep in every other tournament too. They're exceptional."

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