Paul Merson has predicted Aston Villa to beat Liverpool at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds head into the game looking to bounce back to winning ways after their FA Cup exit at the hands of West Ham at Upton Park in midweek, and former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Remi Garde's Villa to secure a win over Jurgen Klopp's Reds.
While speaking to Sky Sports, the football expert said: “This game is all about timing and this is perfect time for Aston Villa to be facing Liverpool.
“Jurgen Klopp’s team have just been beaten over 120 minutes in the FA Cup and they’ve got the Europa Leaguecoming up on Thursday – for me their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
“Liverpool have to put all their eggs into one basket with the Europa League so I see Villa winning on Sunday.
“If Villa can win this game, and reduce the gap to five or six points, then suddenly they’re back in with a slim chance of staying up.
“Liverpool have been poor when defending set plays and that is where Villa look a threat, I fancy Joleon Lescott to bag the winner.”
The Merseysiders are ninth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind the top four.