Coming into the pivotal Premier League game vs Manchester City at the Etihad just under a week ago on January 3rd, Liverpool were looking good at the top of the table with a 7 point lead over Man City who had slipped to third because of their poor festive form which included losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester City, with Tottenham then second 6 points behind Liverpool.
Liverpool took their opportunities when City faltered and won all 3 of their festive matches against Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal by a combined 11-1 scoreline while City won just 1 of their festive games. So going into the City game the Reds were sitting pretty looking forward to the FA Cup and preparing for the big showdown on the back of an 8 game win streak in all competitions.
Now almost 1 week on, Liverpool are only 4 points ahead of their rivals City and 6 ahead of Spurs but the Reds are also out of the FA Cup at the 3rd round stage which seems to be the norm under Jurgen Klopp. This early exit coupled with the early exit in the Carabao Cup early in the season at home 2-1 to Chelsea where the Blues also knocked out Liverpool at the 3rd round stage really is poor form and Jurgen Klopp’s team selection has to be questioned.
Liverpool are of course still in the Champions League with their upcoming round of 16 match to be played over two legs against German Champions Bayern Munich on February 19th and March 13th but did the German need to field such a weakened and inexperienced line-up vs Wolves on Monday night.
With Liverpool on a two game losing streak you would think it would effect their odds in the markets. Well it clearly has effected their odds to win the FA Cup as they are no longer available but Liverpool who were available before the 2 game losing streak at 5/6 for the title with various bookies have now drifted and are now available at the best odds of 9/10 so you could use a Lvbet sports bonus to get the best value on the Reds while the price for them offers improved returns.
Again Liverpool’s odds could swing again if they lose and City win or vice-versa so you have to go with your gut on these things and base your decision on the best information you can get.
Rivals Manchester City however had slipped to 9/5 with many bookmakers after their difficult Christmas fixtures but have now had their price shortened to 7/5 with several bookies after the Liverpool victory and after hammering Rotherham 7-0 in the Emirates FA Cup.
Pundits like Paul Merson said City to beat Liverpool would be a shock but again the team selection and tactics on the night did not seem right from Jurgen Klopp as the midfield suggested a more defensive approach to the game and the decision to start Milner over Fabinho looked like the wrong choice.
Liverpool get the chance to put it all behind them this weekend when they face Brighton away, followed by Crystal Palace and Leicester City all in the Premier League so the fixtures are by no mean easy ones while Man City face Wolves, Huddersfield and Burnley so you would have to say City have the easier next 3 games.
Liverpool need to end this losing streak immediately and they should consider bolstering their squad by investing the money from the Dominic Solanke sale (Chelsea are due some £’s from the deal) plus more money in a creative attacking type player or a player who can add to the squad to boost morale if they are to win their first title in 28 years.
Klopp would have known they would have a dip in form at some point but it is how they respond now which will make the difference to their aspirations for silverware.