Liverpool’s Capital One Cup-thrashing of Southampton has sent the media into frenzy with predictions of potential title glory springing up like tents in Glastonbury week.
It’s not difficult to see why either. In the charismatic Jurgen Klopp, the Reds have clearly hit the jackpot in management terms, as performances and results are beginning to reveal.
The pummelling of Saints was not isolated. Rather it was a continuation of away-day heroics under the German which began at Stamford Bridge and sandwiched a mesmerising 4-1 defeat of Premier League leaders Manchester City in between.
It is true that answers to Liverpool’s comparatively tepid home form still need to be sought, but if they are, expect Premier League winner odds which have been tumbling every week to shorten even further from 9/1.
No one team looks like grabbing this most open of title races by the scruff of the neck and lurking only six points off the pace are Liverpool.
Although the ultimate goal may be beyond the Reds in many minds this season, it should be of huge interest to punters that Ladbrokes are the only major bookmaker offering a price on a top-three finish.
It is 9/5 that the Merseysiders end up in the trio of top teams come May and with a hapless Newcastle side looking like cannon fodder at St James’ Park next, making your wager on Liverpool now is advisable.
Meanwhile, a solution to Liverpool’s bipolar home and away form may well be at hand in the form of a fit again Daniel Sturridge.
The injury-afflicted striker blew out the cobwebs in spectacular fashion at St Mary’s by grabbing an early brace which turned the game on its head and Sturridge’s pace might well be the critical factor in stretching defensive-minded teams at Anfield.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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