The opening Champions League group game against Paris Saint-Germain was always going to be difficult but it’s a battle that Liverpool were more than capable of winning on the back of their excellent start to the Premier League 2018-19 campaign.
Few should be surprised by four consecutive league wins and a resilient first European display of the campaign because, after all, this is exactly what Jürgen Klopp aimed for during pre-season. Back in July, the Guardian highlighted as much, given the meticulous planning of the German coach between seasons. That said, some bookies continued to scoff at Liverpool’s chances of silverware.
An astute number of moves in a summer transfer window that brought Naby Keïta, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson hasn’t only brought much-needed extra strength and depth to the squad; the new signings have also added a vitally important extra level of competition amongst the existing squad members, which is clearly paying dividends already.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 19, 2018
For those reasons alone, Liverpool’s promising start to the 2018-19 season will no doubt have many punters checking out the best betting offers with bookmakers, eyeing up the odds for what could be a historic season for the Reds in both the Premier League and Champions League, not to mention the FA Cup or EFL Cup – if Klopp can continue getting the best from his troops.
In the wake of the blood and thunder encounter at Anfield with PSG, despite the French side mounting a less than deserved comeback to make it 2-2 late in the game, the reaction from the crowd and from the players on the pitch showed exactly what this latest Champions League victory meant to everyone. On and off the pitch.
Despite reaching the Champions League final last season, with Liverpool perhaps deserving much more from that game in Kiev amidst difficult circumstances and controversial moments, the Reds weren’t highlighted as one of the outright favourites amongst the bookmakers before the group games began. Nevertheless, outright winner odds have been slashed to 7/1 with bookmakers such as bet365 and Bet Victor, following the win against PSG.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 18, 2018
The odds also continue to shorten regarding the chances of a Premier League title arriving at Anfield. Whilst the obvious favourites remain Manchester City, odds for Liverpool to wear the crown this season are now 2/1 online with Ladbrokes and Betfair, who view the credentials of Klopp and his team as something to take entirely seriously when it comes to challenging Pep Guardiola’s men.
There’s no doubt that, whatever happens, or whatever silverware takes residence in the trophy cabinet at the end of this season – or not as the case may be – Liverpool fans genuinely have a team they can be proud of. Not only are the players entirely committed to the cause, giving every ounce of energy and soul in games, they have the quality throughout the squad to back up their ambitions.
Although the style of football that Klopp deploys might sometimes have us biting our nails, or leave us with moments of inevitable frustration, few can criticise the entertainment value that comes with every Liverpool performance these days. Long may that last and, hopefully, this team and these players will end up with the rewards they so richly deserve.