Paul Merson states prediction for Southampton v Liverpool

The Arsenal legend is backing Liverpool to ease to a 3-1 win against Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon

Paul Merson is backing Liverpool to ease to a 3-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and are a point ahead of second-placed Chelsea after 11 Premier League games.

Liverpool haven’t lost a game since a 2-0 defeat by Burnley in their second fixture of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign in August.

The Merseyside outfit were 6-1 winners against the Saints at St Mary’s in their League Cup quarter-final in December 2015.

Liverpool squandered a lead to lose 3-2 to the south coast club in their Premier League meeting at Southampton’s ground earlier this year.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Merson is confident that Liverpool will ease to a commanding victory over the Saints.

“This should be a real, real good game. For Liverpool, these are the times you’ve got to take advantage. Other teams will come back from international duty, look at the fixtures and think: “Wait a minute, we’ve got Champions League and Europa League this week, do we rest players or not?” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Liverpool don’t have to do that. Jurgen Klopp can play his best team, tell them to have a couple days off in the week, and that’s your advantage.

“Southampton have had a couple of shocking results, being completely outplayed by Chelsea, and then going to Hull and losing. All of a sudden, they’re on a bit of a slump with the Europa League game coming up.

“Three weeks ago this looked like a difficult game, and all of a sudden it doesn’t now.

“Liverpool so far this season are the most exciting team in the Premier League, but there’s a long way to go.”

Liverpool have scored 30 times in their opening 11 Premier League games – more than any of other Premier League club.

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The 18-time English champions are bidding to win the Premier League title for the first time in their prestigious history.

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