Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Southampton v Liverpool FC

Liverpool FC legend Mark Lawrenson is backing the Reds to ease to a victory over Southampton on Friday night

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: The Sport Review)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Southampton in the Premier League on Friday night.

The Merseyside outfit have the chance to establish a lead over Manchester City with five games left to play in the Premier League.

Liverpool FC will move two points ahead of the defending champions should Jurgen Klopp’s side manage to beat Southampton.

The Reds will have played a game more than the Eastlands side but Manchester City will make up their game in hand when they travel to Manchester United on 24 April.

Liverpool FC have won their last three Premier League games, requiring late goals to secure 2-1 victories over Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.

Klopp’s side were 2-0 winners against Southampton last season thanks to goals from forwards Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the first half.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes the Merseyside outfit will manage to beat Southampton on Friday night.

“It is a tough game for the Reds for lots of reasons, though,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “Saints got an thoroughly deserved win over Brighton last weekend.

“They really needed those three points despite the improvement they have made since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge in December, and they are far from safe yet either.

“But this is a Liverpool side that, whatever way they play at the moment, just get the job done.

“What might help the Reds is that I cannot see Southampton sitting back and playing for a draw. I think Hasenhuttl will want to have a bit of a go and that will open things up a bit.

“We definitely won’t see Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp resting players before their Champions League quarter-final first leg against FC Porto on Tuesday.

“Playing on Friday night has worked out absolutely perfectly for the Reds, and the Premier League should be doing the same for all of our teams in the competition.”

Liverpool FC have finished in second place in the Premier League title race on three previous occasions in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

The Reds have never won the Premier League crown, while their last top-flight title came back in 1990.

Klopp is still waiting to get his hands on some major silverware since the German head coach took over the reins back in October 2015.

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