Liverpool v Tottenham

Paul Merson is backing Liverpool to win comfortably on Sunday but reckons they will have to make do with the runner-up spot behind Manchester City...

"The last seven or eight games of the Premier League season are different to the other 30. People do things they wouldn't usually do, and managers do things they wouldn't normally do. Brendan Rodgers can't tell me he didn't get up on Tuesday morning and think 'why didn't I put Daniel Agger on at 3-0? Why was I trying to score seven or eight?'

"They just had to make sure they won their last two games and they threw away a 3-0 lead to Crystal Palace. Unbelievable. If they had won on Monday, then Man City's game against Villa would have been a lot different. City didn't have to win and they had a safety net of a draw, but if they absolutely needed to win, then the clock would have felt like 'Countdown', spinning around.

"Liverpool blew it. This is up there with when Newcastle blew it in 1995/96. I don't think you win the league playing attacking football all the time; you have to swallow a pill sometimes and do something different. They needed to draw with a Chelsea team that was playing defensive, so why not play defensively yourself and go from there?

"A draw would have been fine for them - and then a win over Palace would have pretty much won them the league. They have to score two goals quickly on Sunday to put on the pressure and with the reins off they can go out and play their stuff. I think they will remember their mistakes for a long time, though..."

PAUL PREDICTS: 4-0