Liverpool Betting Update – Cups, Klopp and Stevie G
With the international break upon us, now is as good a time as any to have a quick perusal of the betting websites to check out some of the Liverpool related markets.
Sunday may have brought a first defeat under Jurgen Klopp, but Crystal Palace are no mugs on the road and the long midweek trek to Russia always looked to be potentially damaging with regards to this particular encounter.
Klopp said on taking the job that he was “pretty confident we will have one title” during his tenure. Any silverware this season would be a bonus and Coral bookmakers have a range of offers available, including 7/4 (2.75) to win a major trophy; 5/1 (6.0) to win the Capital One Cup; 10/1 (11.0) for the FA Cup and 12/1 (13.0) for the Europa League. They also go 750/1 (751.0) to win all three cup competitions.
It’s nonetheless been an encouraging start under Klopp, with definite signs of progress on the pitch and a palpable upturn in the level of expectation at Anfield.
In reality it’s difficult to see past the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal for three of the Champions League qualification spots, leaving one place up for the grabs. With Chelsea seemingly in a state of terminal decline, the most likely threat to Liverpool’s top-four aspirations is probably Tottenham Hotspur as things stand.
Those convinced that Tuesday and Wednesday evening European action will be back on the agenda next term can back a top four finish for Liverpool at 9/4 (3.25) with Skybet.
Klopp’s gegenpressing philosophy already evident
Anyone envisaging the “Gegenpressing” tactics delivering near instantaneous results and the Reds embarking on another 11-match winning run might be tempted by the 100/1 (101.0) on offer, also with Skybet, for an unlikely title win. For those not donning sepia-tinted spectacles, 4/7 (1.57) is available with Paddy Power on a top six finish is more realistic.
The top Liverpool Premier League goalscorer market sees Christian Benteke (four goals to date) a warm 1/2 (1.50) favourite with BetVictor, followed by Daniel Sturridge (two goals) at 9/4 (3.25) and Philippe Coutinho (four goals) at 5/ 1 (6.0).
Fitness is always an issue in individual player markets, so it has to be said that backing Sturridge would necessitate a fair degree of faith. They also offer 9/4 (3.25) on Jurgen Klopp to win a ‘Manager of the Month’ award during the current campaign and, looking further ahead, 25/1 (26.0) to win the Premier League title in 2016-17.
Finally, the possibility of Steven Gerrard playing again for Liverpool this season has been played down by Klopp, but Coral offer 5/1 (6.0) for those who believe a sentimental return could be on the cards.