Liverpool will edge ahead of Saints in top-four race.

Paul Merson predicts vital win for the Reds.

Liverpool head to Southampton this weekend to face Ronald Koeman's side who sit in the fourth position in the Premier League table.

In recent months, the Reds have turned the corner and have been impressive of late, thanks to tactical changes made the Liverpool manager.

However, the Merseysiders - who beat Crystal Palace 2-1 last weekend and ran out 1-0 winners against Besiktas in the Europa League - will be hoping they can edge closer to the top four with a win at the St Mary's.

And, Merson backs Liverpool to leave Southampton with three points on Sunday.

"Southampton have got a few injuries and, with Liverpool on a bit of a roll at the moment, Brendan Rodgers’ side can take advantage with a victory that will blow the race for the top four wide open," Merson told Sky Sports.

"With Manchester United struggling, I really believe Rodgers can guide Liverpool into the top four and reach the Champions League again.

"On the other hand, if Southampton can win this they will have a huge chance of finishing the season in the top four, but for me they are not as fluent as they were at the start of the season.

"The goals have dried up a bit and they’ve picked up injuries to some key players. Liverpool are flying and I see them picking up a vital win."

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