Buoyed by a history of 18 Premier League titles and 5 European Cups, the Reds are making a very positive push to add some more silverware to their cupboard, with their upcoming European games. Playing in Europe is not new to the Reds; they have been doing so over the last 40 years and have won more European trophies than any other English club. Europe is as much a home to their squad as Anfield. Tom Waterhouse betting are keeping a keen eye on Liverpool’s form as they attempt to balance their odds over the coming competition.
Despite losses, expectation is high for Liverpool
In spite of a loss in extra-time in the Capital One League semi-final, they have won the hearts of fans and pundits yet again for the positive manner of play against Chelsea, who are tipped to eventually go on to win the League Cup trophy this year. Though the Reds were runners-up in the league last season, they have struggled a bit this season and are currently sitting in eighth position.
Liverpool have been led admirably throughout the season by Steven Gerrard who may have played his last league match in red, as he will be crossing the Atlantic to play for LA Galaxy in summer. Woken up by some poor results from their last few games, Liverpool have now changed their game-playing strategy. Their play is now backed-up by a three-man defence formation and this has certainly brought some of their confidence back. They’ll be hoping that Daniel Sturridge’s long-awaited return from injury will add another boost to their performances and bolster their attack.
Liverpool are expected to make a strong push to continue in the knockout stages of the UEFA cup this season. They don’t have a game until the 19th February, which will be against the Turkish side Beşiktaş JK. The fact that this game is still far away gives them ample time to recoup from the below-par performances so far and turn their fortunes around. This will also likely be the last season in the UEFA Cup for Gerrard.
UNITED MAY GET BACK TO PLAYING IN EUROPE
Man United’s chances of playing more games on European soil are appearing much more prospective this season too. The Europa League has not won fan acceptance and is now deemed to be a second-rate competition. This has tempted the organisers to think about replacing it with a more attractive competition. According to UEFA President Michel Platini, the option to double the number of teams in the final phase of the Champions League from 32 to 64 is therefore now in discussion; such a decision would immediately imply that seven English Clubs can take part. Should this alteration be implemented, it is sure to spark a greater interest among the worldwide aficionados of football.
The Red Devils have spent big this season on putting a strong club side together, and will be aiming for a place in Europe next time, as they failed to qualify last season. However, their play is still a little shaky and they haven’t had the immediate success they’d hoped for with the installation of Louis Van Gaal. Although they have invested heavily in their attack, many critics of Van Gaal wondered why he had not spent time strengthening the defence, as this is possibly where they need the most help. Currently it is only stellar performances by David de Gea that are keeping United in their current position so it remains to be seen whether they will do well in Europe next season, if they do manage to qualify. If they do, it’s likely that along with the blue of Chelsea and Manchester City, there will be plenty of seeing red in Europe next year!