Dismal league form in recent weeks has seen Liverpool’s Champions League bid collapse spectacularly, and the Reds are now just 10/11 to finish with less than 54.5 points, which would mean that they at least equal their previous worst Premier League total of 54.
Just seven league games remain for Kenny Dalglish’s side, and despite them achieving success in the Carling Cup this term, it is hard to remain positive about their chances of vastly improving their league form.
In their past seven Premier League matches, Liverpool have lost six times, including defeats to relegation candidates QPR and Wigan, and those kind of results makes it difficult to invest in the 4/5 price for them to better that 54.5 point haul with any real confidence.
Liverpool need to collect at least four wins to achieve that target, yet having tasted victory in league competition only twice in their past 12 games, you could be forgiven for believing that that seems a far-fetched scenario.
A series of tricky fixtures are still to come for the Merseyside outfit also, including the visit of the vastly-improved Chelsea to Anfield, and trips to impressive promoted sides Swansea and Norwich, along with a difficult journey to Blackburn, who will be fighting for their lives.
Also, with FA Cup commitments to think about, and the Wembley semi-final taking on even more significance in its form as a Merseyside derby, Kenny Dalglish may choose to rest players for league matches to bolster his chances of a domestic double.
Jose Manuel Reina’s dismissal in Liverpool’s last outing landed him with a three-game ban too, leaving unknown quantity Christian Doni as their only goalkeeping option, so it is difficult to show any real confidence in the Anfield outfit in the near future.
Their Carling Cup victory has already ensured Europa League qualification for next season, and with little else to play for in the league, the 10/11 for the Reds to finish with a record points low looks all the more appealing.