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Watch: Paul Merson Bamboozled By Three Syllable Word

Watch: Paul Merson Bamboozled By Three Syllable Word

The increasingly never-ending nature of football and football analysis on our TV screens has led to shows like Sky Sports' 'The Debate', cropping up more and more as being a football fan slowly grows into a full time addiction.

Usually the programme is filled with players and managers looking to carve out a media career for themselves such as Steve Sidwell, Tim Sherwood and Liam Rosenior.

Another regular is Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, and while the former Arsenal player won't give you a whole lot of insight, he makes up for it in other ways.

That was again the case in the latest episode of the show which broke down the Mersyeside Derby, and in particular Jurgen Klopp's injury time celebrations, when the German stormed the pitch to hug Alisson after Divock Origi's last gasp header.

Presenter Laura Woods put it to Merson that football is sanitised too much in the wake of Klopp's fine for encroaching on the field of play, but the pundit seemed genuinely puzzled by the relatively simple question:

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Merson seemed to mutter 'hit me', which almost seemed like a plea to Woods to simplify the question which she duly did.

The 50-year-old went on to say that he could sympathise with Klopp's actions though the German should not repeat the transgression again. He also claimed that if it was Jose Mourinho that had stormed the pitch instead of Klopp he would have got a 25 game ban:

He'd get a 25 game ban. I'd dread to think. Put it this way if he walked back off the pitch, he'd have been sent straight to the stands. I mean he got sent off against Southampton for stepping out of his technical area.

If it was anyone else I'd believe they were exaggerating a point for comic effect, but with Merse I'm never sure.

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Eoin Lyons

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