Paul Merson says Liverpool could target one Chelsea player in FA Cup final
Paul Merson said Liverpool could target Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso whose tendency to attack could be a double-edged sword for his team.
Due to Ben Chilwell’s injury absence, it is very likely that Alonso will start for Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
The 31-year-old has done really well in the last several months as the first-choice left wing-back.
He has even had four goals and five assists, more than some Chelsea forwards, in all competitions this season.
It is clear that Alonso’s presence increases Chelsea’s firepower up front, but Merson is not convinced by his ability in the defensive third of the pitch.
“Marcos Alonso has produced some big moments for Chelsea over the years, but he is a player Liverpool could target,” Merson wrote in his column for Sportskeeda.
“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.
“He’ll be one to watch out for.”
Considering Alonso will likely face the likes of Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the left side of the pitch, Merson might have made a good point.
Similarly, however, Liverpool will also have to deal with Alexander-Arnold’s attack-minded positioning on the pitch.
Fabinho’s likely absence could prove problematic for Jurgen Klopp’s men, while N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are expected to be back for Chelsea.
Playing with a three-man defence also means Chelsea will usually have a spare defender, usually Antonio Rudiger, to provide cover for Alonso.