A great start to the season after 4 or 5 games has turned into a bit of an average start after 15 games or so for Liverpool and early season thoughts of a top four finish are now looking a little more unlikely, although Liverpool remain firmly in the hunt for a return to the Champions League as well as possible silverware in the domestic cups.
Liverpool were already well fancied at 5/4 to finish in the top four at the start of the season but after a great start to the season Liverpool were backed even further and even traded as low as 4/7 to finish in the top four. However a run of just one win from the last four league games means that Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four have gone down, especially due to the strong form of Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal, and Liverpool can now be backed at 2/1 to fill one of the Champions League placings this season.
At the start of the season the bookies bought way too much of the hype about Liverpool, which seemed to start with the journalists rather than the fans, Liverpool were just 14/1 to win the Premiership despite finishing fifth the season before but that price has now become realistic based on the performances so far this season and anyone wanting to back Liverpool to get the title can get 66/1. The most likely bet on Liverpool looks to be a top six finish, that would certainly be the bare minimum expectation and 1/14 with the bookies suggests that is more or less guaranteed.
In the cups Liverpool could have a good chance of glory this season, they have already reached the quarter finals of the Carling Cup and Kenny Dalglish is clearly taking the cups seriously with no European football this season to worry about. Liverpool are currently 7/1 best odds to win the Carling Cup and that would not be a huge surprise, Liverpool are a bigger price to win the FA Cup as you’d expect with the real competition yet to start, 10/1 seems to represent decent value on a Liverpool success in that competition, Liverpool last won the FA Cup in 2006.
Liverpool are not only capable of taking team honours this season but there will also be individual honours dished out at the end of the season. Liverpool have the fifth favourite for the manager of the season award, Kenny Dalglish is available at 10/1 for that honour, whilst Liverpool also have the fifth favourite in the PFA Player Of The Year betting, Luis Suarez is rated at 16/1 for that and is well clear of Pepe Reina and Jordan Henderson who are both 33/1 chances.
Where do you think Liverpool will finish this season? Is a Premiership top four still a realistic target? Do Liverpool offer good value to win one of the domestic cups? Would you back any of the Liverpool players to be the PFA Player Of The Year?
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