So if Man City win this game vs Chelsea then the Citizens will once reclaim that top spot.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: "I think City will win this as I just do not see how Chelsea defensively can keep them quiet on their ground and the way they pass and move it".
"It's normal. It was kind of predictable", he added. The only tool we really have to sort our situation is football, passion, a proper fight, being aggressive in the most legal way.
'If we got to the semis of the Champions League again he should be available, quarter-finals maybe. We are used to that.
Manchester City host Chelsea, who inflicted the first league defeat of the season on the champions when beating them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December. We built a really strong squad but it's a squad built for the future and not only this season.
"We'd have done it if we were 10 points up".
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Chelsea FC will take on Malmo in the Europa League last 32 next Thursday night, while Manchester City will play Schalke in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month.
Meanwhile, Joe Gomez is set to be ruled out for up to six weeks after he underwent surgery this week to further aid his recovery from a lower leg fracture. "Timeframe is always pretty hard, but [it's] four to six weeks in terms of return to play".
Right back Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to be in good heath as he wheeled luggage towards reception ahead of what is likely to be his comeback game after a knee injury.
Alexander-Arnold has not featured since injuring his knee on January 12, while Henderson and Wijnaldum missed Monday's draw at West Ham United due to minor issues.