Merson says £24m Chelsea player can hurt Liverpool, predicts FA Cup final

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Paul Merson has written in The Daily Star that Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso could hurt Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the final of the FA Cup this weekend.

Klopp’s Liverpool will face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that Chelsea left-back Alonso could be a problem for Liverpool.

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The pundit thinks that the 31-year-old, who can also play as a wing-back and cost Chelsea £24 million in transfer fees in 2016 (Sky Sports), could hurt Liverpool going forward.

Merson has also backed Chelsea to win the FA Cup final against Liverpool 2-1.

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Paul Merson on Marcos Alonso for Chelsea v Liverpool

The Englishman wrote in The Daily Star: “Marcos Alonso has produced some big moments for Chelsea over the years, but he is a player Liverpool could target.

“If I’m being honest, he has no interest in defending, but he plays his own little game and can hurt Jurgen Klopp’s side while going forward, so he’ll be one to watch out for.

“When I first thought about this game, I was inkling towards a draw, but I fancy Chelsea to win it 2-1 as Fabinho’s absence swings the game in the Blues’ favor.

“The Carabao Cup final ended 0-0, but the amount of chances created on the night was absolutely mindblowing.”

Exciting game

In our opinion, the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool will be massive and very exciting.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea have very good teams, and we should not be surprised if the game eventually goes to penalties.

There are injury concerns for both teams, and it will be interesting to see how Tuchel and Klopp work around them.

We think that Liverpool have the edge over Chelsea because of their attacking unit, which includes the great Mohamed Salah.

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