Newcastle’s Merino warns Southampton ahead of Saturday’s clash

Mikel Merino has warned Southampton that Newcastle have “no intention” of losing Saturday’s huge clash.

Southampton travel to Tyneside on Saturday with both sides firmly in the midst of a relegation battle, and Newcastle’s Spanish midfielder says the side will look to correct the mistakes they made in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield.

“Those teams are maybe not at the high level of Liverpool but we know the way we have to play is the same as we played against Manchester United and Bournemouth,” Merino said of the upcoming matches with Southampton and Huddersfield Town.

Rafa Benitez’s team put in a lacklustre performance at Liverpool on Saturday, but know the games to come against Southampton and Huddersfield (both at home) will have the biggest impact on the relegation race.

After the visit of Mauricio Pellegrino’s struggling Southampton, the Magpies have three weeks rest before they host Huddersfield at the end of the month.

“After that game, we have a three-week break and it is always good to pick up a good result at a time like that,” Merino said.

“If you have a defeat, you have a lot of time to dwell on it. It is the worst thing to do because you have so much time to think about it, but we have no intention of losing it.”

Merino’s performances have dropped off considerably since a positive start to the season, but Benitez will hope the Spaniard – who Transfermarkt value at £9million – can put his confidence to good use in the absence of the injured Jonjo Shelvey.

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