Former Arsenal man implies Liverpool will suffer this season

The Reds take on Southampton this weekend but even though they will likely win, they will struggle to replicate last season's success.

Liverpool's form may suffer for two reasons in the upcoming campaign.

The sale of prized asset Luis Suarez to Barcelona will likely impact their goal-scoring ability as the Uruguayan was responsible for over 30% of their Premier League strikes last term. And they may also struggle to excel in a season that will see them compete on four fronts in games that can take place every third or fourth day.

Brendan Rodgers's side take on Southampton at the weekend, a side even more weakened than Liverpool as the South Coast club have ratified sales of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers.

Former Arsenal midfielder and Sky Sports analyst Paul Merson believes that, while Liverpool will have enough to defeat the Saints 3-0, they may not have enough to replicate their success of last year.

"I watched a lot of Liverpool in pre-season and they are decent; they impressed me in their games against Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

"However, can they live without Luis Suarez’s goals? I doubt it. Can they live with playing twice or three times a week? I doubt it again."

He continued: "Can they beat Southampton? I don’t see any problems with that. I’m not sure they’ve got 11 players to put out have they?!"

Liverpool host Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, August 17, eight days before a clash between last season's champions and challengers as the Merseysiders travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.


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