It has been a solid start to the season for Liverpool, very much picking up where they left off last season, and the decision to spend the money early in the summer appears to be paying dividends with other clubs making slow starts and scrambling around for players currently.
Liverpool’s title odds haven’t changed much since the start of the season despite seven points from the opening three games, it is very much felt that Liverpool are heading in the right direction but they still have a long way to go before they can match the two Manchester clubs and probably Chelsea as well. Liverpool were generally 12/1 to 14/1 before the season started and are now as big as 16/1 to win the Premiership but most bookies are offering 10/1 or 11/1.
The Liverpool title odds might not be that important this season, what is really important is finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League after two seasons out of the competition, the good news is that looks much more likely after three games of this season.
Arsenal were fancied by the bookies to finish above Liverpool but they have looked woeful so far this season and as a result are now expected to come fifth, Liverpool have shortened to just 1/2 to finish in the top four this season whilst Arsenal have drifted out to 15/8 for a top four finish. What makes Liverpool’s chances look even stronger is the start made by Spurs. Admittedly they have played one less game and have only played the two Manchester clubs but they have been comprehensively beaten in both games and are now 5/1 for a top four finish.
The fact that Kenny Dalglish fielded a strong side against Exeter in the Carling Cup suggests, as expected, he is taking the competition seriously with the team only challenging on three fronts this season. This has not been lost on the punters who have supported Liverpool to win the Carling Cup at decent odds, they are now as short as 6/1 in places having been available at 9/1 at the start of the season, you can get 7/1 with plenty of bookies though.
Winning the FA Cup is going to be much harder this season, more teams will be fielding their best teams for this and whilst Liverpool don’t have the distraction of Europe, if it comes to challenging for the top four or going for the FA Cup then preference may be given to the former so the 10/1 on FA Cup success for Liverpool looks fair without being overly generous.
Can Liverpool win a domestic cup this season whilst still challenging for the top four? Are you more confident about a top four finish now than you were at the start of the season and should fourth place be the ceiling of ambitions this season?
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