Bookies have their say on Reds’ Champions League chances

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2021/22 will be an important campaign in the recent history of Liverpool Football Club. Jurgen Klopp’s men entered the season desperate to make up for the failings of the previous season when the team lost their hard-earned Premier League title to Manchester City. What made the loss of the trophy even more difficult to take for fans was the manner in which Liverpool let the crown slip, almost without putting up a fight. 

Everyone with a connection to Anfield hopes better times are ahead as Liverpool target a return to the head of English football and their 20th English top tier trophy while dreaming of conquering Europe for the seventh time. Are a league and European double likely or a big ask on the back of such a disappointing season? Klopp certainly has a squad with enough talent to fight on both fronts, and the manager boasts the experience of lifting both trophies. Staying injury-free is the key to success for Liverpool this season.

Traders at some of the online gambling industry’s biggest and best-loved sportsbooks have had their say, offering odds on the Premier League and Champions League outright. Where does Liverpool feature in those lists, and what clues can be taken from the betting? The bookies don’t always get it right – like when making Man City strong favourites to win the 2019/20 title – but they are usually close to the mark and make a good job of keeping on top of developments in the Premier League. 


Premier League form and betting

Liverpool went into the international break with 15 points on the board following seven games played. The Reds show stats of four wins and three draws and are the only unbeaten team left in the division, one of the only unbeaten teams in European football’s top leagues. With 17 goals scored and six conceded, they are the division’s top scorers but have conceded double the number of goals conceded by the other two teams in the top three at this stage. Tightening that defence will be Klopp’s number one priority. 

Despite sitting second in the league behind Chelsea and ahead of Man City and Man Utd, Liverpool is winless in their last two matches, taking two points from the last six available. Two draws began with a disappointing 3-3 at newly-promoted Brentford, who matched Liverpool in every area of the pitch despite entering the match as huge underdogs to get anything out of the day. Goals from Jota, Salah and Jones, put Liverpool in a commanding position, but the Bees hit back to snatch a point thanks to a late equaliser from Wissa.

That draw at Brentford was followed by a 2-2 in front of a packed house at Anfield against Manchester City as the challengers and champions went head to head. Liverpool again found themselves ahead near the end but were pegged back. De Bruyne scored to make it 2-2 on 81 minutes. The coaching staff will now look to root out the problems causing the team to lose concentration and concede equalisers near the end, turning three points into just one.

This season’s Premier League outright betting began with Manchester City as odds on favourites, and the Cityzens remain in the box seat. However, oddsmakers have been forced to react to Liverpool’s strong start. The champions are now much closer to the even money mark, ahead of second London club Chelsea who are current leaders and Liverpool in second place, one point off the pace.

Champions League form and betting

Liverpool has been dropped into Champions League Group B, where they’re top of the pool ahead of Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan. The Reds banked six points from their first two group games, beating AC Milan 3-2 in England and smashing FC Porto 5-1 on the road.

The Champions League betting has Man City as early favourites, with Bayern Munich and PSG next in line. Current champions and Premier League leaders are next in line ahead of Liverpool. Klopp’s men have started brightly enough but understand nothing has been accomplished yet and there’s still plenty of football to be played in the league and in Europe.

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