Liverpool could not have asked for a better start to the season. They’ve played three, won three, conceded none, and are top of the Premier League. Clearly, this side haven’t let the pre-season hype get to them.
Despite their impressive transfer window, Liverpool still started the season as distant second-favourites for the Premier League title. The favourites, of course, were Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Even after Liverpool’s excellent start, this still hasn’t changed.
Right now, Liverpool sit top of the league. Can they stay there? Do their betting odds of winning the title represent good value?
Let’s take a closer look.
Current Liverpool Title Odds
At the time of writing, Liverpool are 11/4 to win the title, per William Hill.
They remain a long way behind Man City, who are on 8/13, but are comfortably ahead of Tottenham at 10/1. Elsewhere, Chelsea are 12/1, Man Utd are now 33/1, and Arsenal are 40/1.
11/4 might seem tough odds for Liverpool to win the title, but they actually represent a significant drop since the pre-season. Then, their odds were 4/1. Clearly, the bookies are taking the Reds much more seriously after their blistering beginning to 2018/19.
(Liverpool fans will take great delight in Man Utd’s odds crashing the other way, from 7/1 to 33/1 after just three games).
Liverpool’s Summer Transfers
Liverpool’s summer transfer business was simply stunning.
The first man in was midfield dynamo Naby Keita, whose transfer from RB Leipzig was agreed a year previously. Keita has certainly hit the ground running, already providing a much-needed thrust to Liverpool’s midfield.
Perhaps even more eye-catching was the acquisition of Brazilian national keeper Alisson Becker. Liverpool desperately needed to upgrade from Karius at the back, and Alisson was arguably the best available target on the market. He’s off to a flyer, having recorded three clean sheets whilst providing some unexpected flair at the position.
Elsewhere, Liverpool surprised everybody by bringing in highly-rated and versatile Brazilian Fabinho from Monaco. The defensively-minded Fabinho hasn’t featured yet, but can cover the central midfield, right-back or centre-back spots.
Tricky winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who impressed at Stoke for years, has also arrived. This gives Liverpool some much-needed depth in attack, which should help ace strike force Firmino, Mane and Salah to stay fresh late into the season.
Of course, all this comes off the back of prior excellent business by Liverpool last season. Andy Robertson was a revelation at left-back, and Virgil van Dijk looks a world-class acquisition. Having had plenty more time to bed in now, both will continue to solidify Liverpool’s impressive back line.
The Battle Against Man City
Buying in plenty of talent is obviously a strong statement. In Manchester City, however, Liverpool are trying to dethrone arguably the most talented team the Premier League has seen.
It seemed the balance might have tipped Liverpool’s way early on, when genius playmaker Kevin De Bruyne went down with a long-term injury. So far, however, Man City have hardly missed a beat. Bernardo Silva has enjoyed an increased role in De Bruyne’s absence, and Riyad Mahrez provides another option in City’s ludicroly good attack.
Time will tell whether City can maintain their cracking form without their midfield orchestrator. To this point, though, they absolutely remain Premier League title favourites.
The Klopp Factor
Even Jurgen Klopp’s biggest detractors would have to praise the transformation he’s made at Liverpool.
When he joined, the club were stuttering under Brendan Rodgers. Since then, Klopp has taken them to consecutive fourth place finishes, and reached the finals of the Europa League and Champions League.
Not only that, but the entire atmosphere has shifted. Klopp is a relentlessly positive character, and this has clearly rubbed off on his players. There’s a tremendous never-say-die attitude now, and there seems to be a wonderful togetherness in the squad.
Of course, the last remaining piece of the puzzle is to win a trophy – something Liverpool haven’t done since 2011-12 (and that was only the League Cup). This is a club with a proud history, who will be expecting to go far in both domestic and European cup competitions, alongside a strong title challenge.
Fortunately, in Jurgen Klopp, they have a proven winner. He won back-to-back Bundesliga titles for Borussia Dortmund in Germany, beating Bayern Munich (the Man City of the Bundesliga) in the process. There’s no reason why he can’t repeat the achievement at Liverpool, and upset the odds in the process.
Can Salah Do It Again?
One thing is for sure – if Liverpool are to surprise the bookies and win the title, they’re going to need another incredible season from talisman Mohamed Salah.
At times last season, it seemed as if Salah was carrying the whole team on his back. He scored 32 of Liverpool’s 84 goals, breaking the Premier League single season goals record in the process. He also showed remarkable consistency, scoring in the most individual games in Premier League history too.
Salah is still only 26 years old, meaning he’s very much in his prime. Whilst he’ll struggle to match his exploits last season, he should still enjoy another big goalscoring year this time out. He’s already got two goals in three games, and the chances are there are plenty more to come.
For the record, Salah is currently third-favourite to win the Golden Boot again – per bet365 – behind Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero. His odds are an enticing 15/4.
So… Can Liverpool Win The Title?
The short answer?
Manchester City are a great team, and deserve to be title favourites. Upsets happen all the time in football, though. That’s one of the reasons we love it so much. Liverpool have all the ingredients to win the Premier League title – outstanding players, a brilliant manager, and great fans.
2018/19 really could be Liverpool’s year.
Even though the odds on Liverpool to win the title have dropped to 11/4, this still represents excellent value. Before you bet on them, be sure to check out the most recent bookmakers reviews at football-betting-sites.co.uk to find the perfect bookie for you.