Liverpool top the Premier League. Will that be the situation come the end of this season? Might Liverpool do the double and win the Premier League and the Champions League? That’s asking a great deal of any squad in this day and age. There’s no doubting that Liverpool have begun the season in fine fashion.
Manchester City, who many expected to win the Premier League with plenty to spare this season as they did last, have stuttered a little so far. This looks like being the best opportunity for Liverpool to win the title for many a year.
I recall watching some matches at Anfield when the pre-match rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was the only time in 90 minutes that the fans had something to get excited about. I remember being at a home match against Bolton Wanderers in the latter days of the Rafa Benitez reign when the place was so quiet you could hear every swear word he and Steven Gerrard exchanged. The loyal Liverpool fans had little to cheer about back then.
Now they have a team they can believe in and a manager they love and who totally gets what the supporters want and what the club is all about.
Jürgen Klopp won successive Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund and took them to the final of the Champions League where they lost to an 89th minute winning goal in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of German rivals Bayern Munich.
Fast forward to last May and it would be Real Madrid who would prevent Klopp from lifting the Champions League trophy. We’ll never know if Liverpool would have won that final had not Mo Salah been injured early in the game. Liverpool had been on top in those opening minutes.
At the time of writing the best price about Liverpool winning honours this season sees them at 15/8 with BetVictor and Betway. When it comes to the Champions League, meanwhile, you can get 8/1 about Liverpool going one step further than last season. Those odds are available with several bookies. You could bet on them each way, so ensuring returns should they once again reach the final.
Liverpool face a challenging twelve days during which they play Chelsea twice, Napoli and Manchester City.
They first place Chelsea at Anfield in the League (Carabao) Cup this Wednesday, which is unlikely to be a priority for Klopp, and then they meet Chelsea again next Saturday at Stamford Bridge. The early odds for that Premier League meeting see Chelsea priced 19/10 to win, Liverpool are 6/4 and the draw – which I think I favour – is priced at 13/5.
I’d fancy both teams to score at 8/15 or 1/2 and were I betting on the correct result – something I rarely do – I’d go for 2-2 at best price 12/1.