Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Southampton v Liverpool FC
Paul Merson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's in the Premier League this weekend
Paul Merson is backing Liverpool FC to claim a 2-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday to keep their top-four bid on track.
The Reds head into this weekend’s round of fixtures in third place in the Premier League table as Jurgen Klopp looks to steer his side to Champions League qualification for the second season running.
Liverpool FC were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield last weekend as they conceded a last-minute penalty after having looked on course for the three points.
However, Arsenal star Merson is fully expecting to see the Reds return to winning ways on the south coast this weekend against the Saints.
Speaking to Sky Sports, ex-Arsenal man Merson said: “I was a bit disappointed with Liverpool last weekend, they were given the runaround in the second half by Spurs and didn’t know what to do.
“In big matches they generally turn up, and I haven’t seen too many teams do that to them.
“With Southampton, it’s down to results earlier in the weekend. Depending on what happens they might be able to stick 10 behind the ball and go for a 0-0, and it might be a bonus. They had a massive result at West Brom last week. I think Liverpool will win, but it could easily be 1-1.
“Southampton are nowhere near the worst team, but they could have won more easily – I think they set up too negatively at home when they have got the players to have a go. They could upset a few teams if the reins were off.”
Klopp is aiming to guide Liverpool FC to another top-four finish this season after the Reds ended up in fourth place in the table last season.
The Reds will take on FC Porto for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League later this month.
The Merseyside outfit are still looking for their first trophy of Klopp’s tenure in charge at Anfield and winning the Champions League is their last realistic remaining hope of silverware this term.